AFTER five successful seasons in charge at Skegness Town, manager Nick Chapman has decided to step down.
The Lilywhites boss has guided the seasiders to the title in three of the last four seasons and they currently sit top of the table, waiting for the final two fixtures to be played.
Ex-Town player Chapman said the time was right for him to hand over the reins. “It’s been a really tough season with all the comings and goings,” he said, referring to the loss of key players like Will Britton, Andy Parish, Alex Nichols, McCauley Parker, Luke Rayner-Mistry and George Hobbins.
“But whoever comes in will have a talented pool of players to choose from to take the club forward, hopefully at Step 6.”
Indeed, the club is hopeful of promotion into a higher league now that they have secured at least runners-up spot in the Lincolnshire League.
Most of the players who left have returned to the fold to guarantee that Town pushed an improved Ruston Sports outfit to the wire for the championship crown. “We have done remarkably well considering the challenges we had during the season,” he reflected.
Highlights for Chapman during his time in the hot seat at the Vertigo Stadium included securing the county cup and Lincolnshire League in one year.
“It was great to do the double last season,” said Chapman, who intends to remain involved. “I’m on the committee and a trustee of the ground, so I’ll still be around,” he explained, “but with a young family and work commitments this seemed the right thing to do.”
Chapman has been touched by the response to his decision. Current players, ex-players, colleagues and opponents have posted a number of positive messages on social media.
He also revealed that there had been many more sent via direct messages. “There have been some lovely comments from the lads and other managers,” he said.
Meanwhile the club is in the hunt for a new manager. Anyone interested in taking over the responsibility is invited to contact club secretary Allan Gary on 07960 756351 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org