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Hunt in as Beckett quits Wisbech St Mary

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Stuart Beckett has today stepped down as manager of Wisbech St Mary – and the club has acted quickly to bring in a replacement.

The club confirmed after yesterday's 11-0 drubbing at Norwich CBS that the popular former player had quit – and then quickly confirmed they had brought in the experienced former Swaffham Town manager Paul Hunt. Three years ago, Hunt guided The Pedlars to promotion from the league The Saints play in now.

St Mary have lost ten games out of ten this season and are bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League First Division North, a position they occupied when the previous two seasons were curtailed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. They finished second bottom in the 2018-19 season.

New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt
New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt

In a statement, Beckett said: "Whilst the decision has been made for a little while, I am disappointed to announce I will be leaving as manager.Yesterday was a very low point on which to leave but the club has rightly taken time to appoint the right person.

"This is not a decision that has been taken lightly personally and the club has been hugely supporting of me and everything I have tried to do. The club will always mean a great deal to me and I will always be a part of it.

"As a club we have attempted to negotiate some of the hardest times in football, and in life too, and while I still remain my personal drive to improve everything I do,my hope and optimism has been diminished by player and personal commitment and approach following such unprecedented times.

Stuart Beckett has quit as manager of Wisbech St Mary
Stuart Beckett has quit as manager of Wisbech St Mary

"I wish my successor all the best and I'm looking forward to spending some much-needed time with my family and seeing Wisbech St Mary Football Club on the rise."

On the appointment of Hunt, a club statement reads: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul as first team manager. He joins us with a wealth of experience at Thurlow Nunn League level and he is looking forward to his tenure at the club."

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