Morsley takes over at Leiston

LEISTON Football Club have parted company with manager Carl Chenery, and former AFC Sudbury boss Mark Morsley is taking over.

The Victory Road side , who finished third in the Ridgeons League Premier Division, made the decision at a committee meeting last week and told Chenery at the weekend.

Chenery, a former Leiston player, took charge of Leiston in November 2007 and although he never managed to bring the league title to Victory Road, he did guide the club to possibly the greatest time in their history, as they reached the FA Cup first round last season, before losing to Fleetwood in a replay.

However there is little secret of Leiston’s ambition in the non-league game and Morsley, with his experience at AFC Sudbury and Needham Market, will be hoping to service those ambitions.

“We have relieved Carl of his duties as the football club manager,” said Leiston chairman Andy Crisp.


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“I’d like to put on record my thanks to Carl for all he has done for the club and I’d also like to apologise to him for the disappointing way the news appeared to be rumoured on web sites and forums before he was told by me.

“Carl has been a good manager for Leiston and his parting is purely a football and business decision for the club, and not anything to do with him as a person.”

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Morsley meanwhile is likely to relish the chance to be back in charge of a football club once again.

He almost guided AFC Sudbury into the Ryman Premier Division a few seasons ago, but they lost out in a play-off final. This season he has been general manager at Needham Market, working alongside Danny Laws, as the Marketmen won the Ridgeons Premier title and League Cup.

“We have spoke to Mark Morsley and he has agreed to take over the manager’s post,” Crisp added.

“The club are also appointing a marketing and sponsorship manager. We have been made aware as a club of where we need to be and where we need to go.”

The merry-go-round of managerial departures and arrivals has been quite significant already in the Ridgeons League, with the season barely over.

Peter Grant has left Hadleigh, Glen Driver announced last week he was leaving Felixstowe & Walton, while Paul Smith has stepped down from Walsham-le-Willows.

Felixstowe & Walton United have moved to appoint Kevin Witchalls and Andy Clarke as joint managers, while ex Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers player Chris Soanes has been appointed to the position of first team manager at Walsham.

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