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Whaley in it for the long run

Brett Whaley has been appointed manager of Wisbech Town, replacing interim manager Kevin Ward.

Brett is no stranger to Fenmen fans, having previously occupied the Elgoods Fenland Stadium hot seat for the majority of the 2015-16 season before returning to former club Yaxley that March.

Whaley said: "I know we’ve got a tough task between now and the end of the season, but the opportunity to manage at this level was one I felt like I needed to take. I’m not approaching this as a 13 game job, hopefully this is the start of progression and stability for the club.

New Wisbech manager Brett Whaley. (28364953)
New Wisbech manager Brett Whaley. (28364953)

"I’ve always felt that I didn’t do myself justice last time, so the approach from the club has given me the opportunity to prove myself. I’m more experienced now and feel better prepared to accept the challenges ahead.

"I hope the club and supporters can pull together and give the lads all the support they need to turn things around. I will do everything I can to make this a success and can’t wait to get started.”

Wisbech Town chairman Paul Brenchley said: “Following a disappointing January during which we failed to pick up a single point, something needed to change, and Brett has been appointed to hopefully lift us off from bottom of the table and keep us away from it.

Wisbech chairman Paul Brenchley (28364381)
Wisbech chairman Paul Brenchley (28364381)

"Although our goal in the next three months is to avoid relegation, this is not a short-term ‘quick fix’ solution. Brett’s appointment is done with the knowledge that whatever happens between now and the beginning of May, next season will see us playing much more locally.

"If things don’t go well, that could potentially be back at Step 5 but if we do stay up, the new Northern Premier League Step 4 division will give us many more games within an hour’s drive of Wisbech which should help with player recruitment and encourage more away supporters to make the journey.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to Kev Ward for his time with Wisbech Town FC and wishes him well for his future endeavours."

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