MARCH Town have appointed Paul Crosbie as their new manager to replace Brett Whaley.
Crosbie, a former Turks & Caicos Islands coach, had agreed to join Chatteris Town last month to help run the reserves team and with the coaching.
He is UEFA B badge coach and originates from the Leicester area and is a surprise choice.
His first task with will be try and halt the exodus of players from the club. Six players have already followed Whaley to Yaxley while Lewis Cook, Stu Anderson and Marc Welcher are wanted by Huntingdon.
Skipper Luke Pepper has also had an offer from Yaxley and along with another long-serving player Ash Brand were waiting to decide their futures until the new manager was appointed.
But Pepper may find the temptation to play at a higher level now too much to to turn down.
Former Wisbech player Chris Dear was keen to take the job at the GER although he did not apply and was asked by the March board to come for an interview but he said: “I really wanted the job and had six or seven players lined up to come to March some of them with Premier Division experience. Unfortunately the board could not match the budget required to take the club forward.
“There are certainly no hard feelings and I wish the club all the best for the future.”