Ian Brown quits Whitton United just two weeks after cup win

IAN Brown has resigned as Whitton United manager – just two weeks after his side retained the Suffolk Senior Cup.

Brown, who had been in charge at the Ridgeons League Division One side for three years, said: “It is purely my decision – I just feel it is the right time to step down.

“I have enjoyed my time at Whitton. At times it has been stressful, but I would never have dreamt we would have had as much success as we have.”

Brown led Whitton to the Suffolk Senior Cup and runners-up spot in Division One in the 2010/11 season, but the club were denied promotion due to ground improvements not being completed by the due date.

As well as retaining the Suffolk Senior Cup, Whitton finished third in Division One this season and reached the final of the Division One KO Cup.

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“I could have been selfish and carried on, but I feel I have probably taken the club as far as I could with the resources at my disposal,” he said.

“Not going up last season was a real kick in the teeth for the players and the club. After losing a couple of key players and with only two clubs being promoted this season, we did really well to finish third considering the budgets of some of the other sides.

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“I think I have left a good squad of players there, who have been amazing to work with, and that the club is in a healthier state than when I took over.

“Hopefully Whitton can go on and win promotion next season, but whatever happens the club will always have a special place in my heart.”

Former professional Brown said he had nothing lined-up and would take some time out to consider what his next move would be, whether that be managing or coaching.

“I will see what happens and if something comes up that attracts me maybe I will go for it and start a new chapter in my career.”

Whitton United chairman Ruel Fox said: “The club would like to thank Ian for the dedication and professionalism he brought to the role and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

The club are now seeking a first-team manager to take the club to the next level. Applicants must have experience of coaching and/or managing at least at Step 7 of the FA football pyramid structure with proven recruiting skills regionally and locally.

Anyone interested should, in the first instance, contact Ruel Fox on 07860 929002.

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