Manager Leese Departs Chesham After A Decade In Charge

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At a Board meeting held last night, it was agreed that manager Andy Leese and Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Chesham United will part company.

Leese was appointed manager in the summer of 2007 after being in charge at Potters Bar Town.

During his time at Potters Bar he guided them to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, after saving the team from relegation the year before.

Potters Bar also collected the Spartan South Midlands League Floodlit Trophy and the Hertfordshire Charity Cup during his short stint at the helm.

He started his management career at Somersett Ambury FC in the SSML in 2000, before leaving for Cheshunt in 2002.

In 2003, Leese guided Cheshunt to the Ryman Division Two championship, before leading them to promotion to the Ryman Premier the following season.

Cheshunt also reached four cup finals in two years while Leese was manager.

He also spent brief spells at Boreham Wood and Wealdstone.

In Leese’s first season, Chesham missed out on the play-offs on goal difference in the Southern League Division One Midlands, and won the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup beating Wycombe Wanderers 3-0 in the final.

In 2008/09 Chesham finished fifth but lost in the play-offs to Nuneaton Town, before achieving promotion in the 2009/10 season beating Slough Town 4-0 in the play-off final.

Chesham then finished sixth in the Southern Premier having been in the play-off race for much of the campaign.

Since then, Leese led Chesham to three consecutive play-off finishes, including the play-off final in 2014 and to the FA Trophy Second Round in the 2012/13 season.

In the 2015/16 season, Leese led Chesham to the Second Round Proper of the FA Cup, where the club faced Bradford City, having beaten League Two side Bristol Rovers 1-0 in the First Round Proper.

Chairman Brian McCarthy stated: “After eleven seasons, as we begin to think about next season and beyond, it was felt that both the Football Club and Andy needed new opportunities, and new challenges.

“The Board wishes to express sincere thanks for all Andy’s hard work, passion and dedication over eleven seasons and wish him success in the future. Andy will always be welcomed at the club, has made many friends over the years, and I hope we see him at The Meadow in the near future.”

Joint-manager Jon Meakes has agreed to look after the team for the remaining seven matches.

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