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Wisbech Town manager Gary Setchell steps down

Gary Setchell tonight revealed that he believed he had taken Wisbech Town as far as he could after taking to social media to announce his departure.

Setchell led Wisbech to promotion - his second spell in the dugout with the Fenmen - during his first season back at the helm before keeping the club in the Evo-Stik Northern Division One East on a shoestring budget last term.

FA Vase Action Wisbech v FelixstoweGary Setchell (2367985)
FA Vase Action Wisbech v FelixstoweGary Setchell (2367985)

In a statement on Twitter, Setchell said “Not a decision that has been taken lightly but I have made the tough decision to leave Wisbech Town FC.

"I would like the thank everyone for the help, including Darren Edey, Luke Hipwell and Sam Gaughran and the players efforts on the training ground and match pitch. Good luck for the future."

Speaking to the club’s official website earlier, he said: “I know it’s a cliché, but I feel as though I’ve taken the club as far as I can.

"With my work commitments, the travelling – which is still significant next season – and the finances, there were a number of hurdles in the way to me continuing as manager and the combination of those factors has led me to make this difficult decision.

"I do, of course, wish the club the very best for the future and hope that they can consolidate at Step 4 in the years to come.”

The club would like to place on record their gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the excellent job that he did in his second stint as manager of Wisbech Town Football Club.

After leading the team to an unlikely promotion (and very nearly the UCL title), “Setch” was able to keep the Fenmen at Step 4 in a very tough division with more travelling than a lot of Step 3 sides.

Wisbech Town chairman Paul Brenchley said: “I’d like to personally thank Gary for his time with the club.

" He did a great job and myself and the other directors now have the unenviable task of filling the void which he has left.

"I understand that Gary’s backroom staff of Darren Edey and Luke Hipwell are also leaving the club and we thank them for their efforts.”

Setchell took at the Elgood's Stadium in September 2017 - seven years after previously leaving his post at the club to take charge of King's Lynn Town.

He guided the club to promotion to the Evo-Stik Northern Division One East in his first season in charge, despite the Fenmen losing four of their first six United Counties League Premier Division matches before Setchell stepped into the hot seat.

Applications for the position of manager are invited and should be sent in the first instance to chairman@wisbechtownfc.co.uk


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