Mark Morsley unveils Needham Market backroom staff

Steve Foley, who has followed ex-Leiston manager Market Morsley to Needham Market as a member of his

Steve Foley, who has followed ex-Leiston manager Market Morsley to Needham Market as a member of his backroom team - Credit: Archant

NEW Needham Market manager Mark Morsley is “over the moon” to get his backroom staff in place at Bloomfields.

He has taken over the reins earlier than expected at the Ryman League Division One North club, after Danny Laws left last Saturday to be the new boss at Leiston.

Morsley, who has agreed a four-year deal with the club that was due to start from next season, took charge of the team for the first time at Waltham Abbey in a re-arranged game on Thursday night.

That marked the start of three games in five days, with Needham travelling to Soham Town Rangers today and then hosting AFC Sudbury, where Morsley also had a successful spell as manager, at Bloomfields on Monday.

Former members of his backroom staff at previous club Leiston will be joining Morsley at Needham – head coach Steve Foley, player-coach Lee Norfolk and goalkeeping coach Nathan Munson.

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Morsley said: “I was more than happy to step into the fold on Saturday when Danny decided to make a move subject to being able to put together my backroom team.

“The club backed me on this and I am over the moon that my team are now in place at Bloomfields.

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“I realised a long time ago that to be an efficient and successful manager in football you need good and trusted staff and that has always been my aim.

“I have worked with many excellent people but without doubt the team that has now joined me is the best I have worked with; I don’t believe there is better in non-league football.

“If I add to that Academy head coach Kevin Horlock we are a pretty formidable group. I am also pleased that physio Kirk Denim will continue in his role and my rehab/fitness coach Ian Jenkins has also agreed to join us.

“The Academy is a massive part of what we want to achieve and with Andy Gould as Academy director, forming closer ties between the 1st XI and the Scholars is my first order of business.

“My plan is to create an environment that breeds success and is a home for ambitious players, whatever their age.

“This is the best non-league football job in the region and the backing I have received from members of the football club already has been phenomenal.

“We are under no pressure as everyone believes in the blueprint that we are working to.”

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