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Brett Whaley departed March Town and taking over Wisbech FC managerial reins in BetVictor Northern Premier League South East to replace Fenmen interim boss Kevin Ward

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Brett Whaley is set to take over the Wisbech Town Football Club managerial reins for Saturday’s home BetVictor Northern Premier League South East Division clash with Carlton Town.

March Town United FC had already confirmed on Monday that Whaley had left the Thurlow Nunn League outfit.

In response to rumours that Fenmen interim boss Kevin Ward had been sacked, Wisbech chairman Paul Brenchley posted on the Fenmen’s Facebook forum today (Tuesday): “Let me put the record straight.

Brett Whaley (28316420)
Brett Whaley (28316420)

“Kev was appointed interim manager in December and was given until the end of January to pull things around. With four points won out of a possible 33, 13 games left and relegation looming, something had to happen. Brett was appointed to try and rescue (the) season. March Town FC asked us not announce until 10am this morning (Tuesday).

“With that in mind we decided not to inform Kev last night. March have now well and truly thrown me under the bus by announcing last night. We will play Saturday and there will be some additions to bolster the squad. Brett is more experienced than his last tenure in charge. He had a certain amount of success at Yaxley and has worked wonders at March. Now is the time for supporters to get behind the manager and team.”

Kevin Ward (28316417)
Kevin Ward (28316417)

Whaley leaves March just outside the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Division One North promotion places and in two cup semi-finals.

Former Wisbech St Mary boss Arran Duke, who assisted Whaley, will be the Hares’ new boss, the March club confirmed in a statement.

This would be Whaley’s second spell at the Fenmen, who are bottom of the NPL South East Division.

March Town United FC stated on Monday evening: “As of today Brett Whaley leaves the position of first team manager at March Town United Football Club.

“The club wishes to put on record their thanks for his service. The club also announce the appointment of Arran Duke to take over his role with immediate effect.

“We look forward to working with Arran and his team who will continue to push us forward in the league and cups.

“Phil White – chairman MTUFC.”

This morning Ward, who has been in the Wisbech hot-seat since previous boss Seb Hayes was sacked earlier this season, was no wiser about his position.

He told the Fenland Citizen: “I got told last night from a player that he had heard Brett had resigned.

“No-one at Wisbech Town Football Club has rung me or told me anything. I’m fuming.

“I live in Leicester and it’s a two-hour drive. I don’t think it’s been handled very professionally.”

This season Whaley has continued to build on his work with the Hares, as well as guiding March on some useful money-spinning FA Cup – which they only exited after a midweek trip to higher-league Kingstonian – and FA Vase runs.

He signed off at the GER ground club on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Sheringham.

Duke said on social media today: “Well what a crazy 24hrs it’s been and I now sit here manager of March Town FC.

“I’m delighted to be given the role at a club that’s really moving in the right direction, I wish Brett all the best and I can only thank him for bringing me to the club 18 months or so ago.

“He’s been a great bloke to work for and learn from and he’s done a fantastic job.

“I hope I can continue all the good work he’s done.”

He added: “Now I have to focus on the job in hand.

“We have aims this season and we are still looking to achieve them. I hope every one continues to get behind the team as that’s going to be key in us to keep progressing.

“I can’t wait to get going now. Up the Hares.”

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