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All-Change At Newmarket With New Chairman & Manager

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Newmarket Town have announced changes within the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club.

The first change, unfortunately due to ill health, sees John Olive step down from his role as chairman.

The club cannot thank him enough for his leadership over the years, taking over as chairman in 2009 with the club still financially struggling he has been key in turning things around.

Leading the committee with all the new changes to the ground in recent years, including the fantastic 3G, and he leaves the club in a far better place on and off the field.

The second is the change of role for first-team manager Kevin Grainger, who said: “I would like to inform everyone that after today’s game at home against Walsham-le-Willows I will be stepping down as manager take up the position of chairman.

“It has been great times, especially the last five years with two cup finals and a Suffolk Cup semi-final. Finishing ninth, sixth and third last year in the league have been highlights for me.

“I have had great support from the chairman, committee and staff at the club and would like to thank them all, it also goes without saying that without the players I wouldn’t have had the success neither and they have been fantastic and a privilege to manage.

“At the club with the changes and new pitch it has now become a seven-day a week operation, and along with the committee we move forward.”

There have been great times for the club with Grainger as manager, reaching two League Challenge Cup finals, winning the first one in the club’s history in 2014.

Last season 2016/17 saw the club`s most successful season on the pitch in its history, runners-up in the League Challenge Cup Final, a Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final and a third-place finish in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division – equalling the highest league position for the club.

Taking over in September 2009, he is `Mr Newmarket Town` and no one is more fitting to fill the shoes as the new club chairman than Grainger.

The third change to the infrastructure sees the club install a new first-team manager and stepping up into that role is Michael Shinn.

Having joined the club as assistant to Grainger in October, he will now lead the team on the pitch.

A man with great experience as a player and as a manager at this level.

He was previously with Ipswich Town, Cambridge United, St Albans City, Cambridge City, Heybridge Swifts, Braintree Town, Billericay Town, Dartford, AFC Sudbury, Haverhill Rovers and joined the Jockeys after a successful spell as player-manager of Kershaw League side West Wratting.

Grainger added: “I will endeavour to give Michael my full support as we look to move the club onto the next level”.

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