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Wisbech appoint Duke and Warren as managers for the rest of the season

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Arran Duke and Mark Warren have been given the joint-managerial role at Wisbech Town Football Club to the end of the season.

Duke and Warren had successful spells together at Wisbech St Mary and March Town and have already taken charge of the Pitching In Northern Premier League games against Halesowen Town last week and at Carlton Town today.

Chairman Paul Brenchley said: “We had a number of applicants for the job but I felt that stability was more important than change for the sake of change. Thank you to everyone that showed an interest in the position.

Manager Arran Duke (right) and his assistant Mark Warren (54284737)
Manager Arran Duke (right) and his assistant Mark Warren (54284737)

"It’s not the best time of the year to be looking for a manager so we’ll see where we are in the summer and take it from there.”

The duo have been in interim charge since the departure of previous interim manager Chris Lenton following Brett Whaley’s defection to league rivals Spalding United just before Christmas.

Talking to the Wisbech Town FC official website, former Leyton Orient, Notts County and King's Lynn defender Warren was pleased that they could now concentrate on the job in hand.

“I think our main aim – what with what’s gone on in the last month – is to get the lads focused on the remaining league games. We need to make sure they are ready, they’re relaxed and they are committed.”

Duke added: “Our objective is to keep ourselves up and do it in a very short space of time in terms of getting the players prepared for that. There’s been some fairly significant changes in the last month and we need to get our heads round that and the players need to adjust to it.”

As regards the squad, Duke continued: “We’ve got a list of potential players to go through; we aren’t looking at making wholesale changes, that’s not needed. Maybe one or two additions to the squad as we are a bit thin on the ground.

"We’ve got Theo (Lukyamuzi) back from Peterborough on loan and the recent addition of Enoch (Opayinka) means we have a strong group but perhaps need a bit more experience.”

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