The Ryman Football League
Published 17th May 2012
Foley replaces Steve Ball, who has taken up an Academy role within npower League One neighbours Colchester United.
As the club embarks on the latest challenge of Ryman Premier Division football for the first time, it was important that they maintain the high levels of coaching along with the match day support of manager Mark Morsley's management team and with Foley joining the club, this has given the potential to continue their growth.
Foley began his football career with Colchester and he played at Layer Road for ten years, scoring fifty-four goals in 283 games in the Football League.
After this he moved to Braintree Town before returning to Colchester as coach, working with the younger players and also spent several spells as caretaker-manager between 1980 and 1990.
He also spent time at Watford as youth team coach and in 1996 Mike Walker took Foley to Norwich City and he spent ten years at Carrow Road in various roles, latterly as first-team Coach in the Barclays Premier League.
When his contract was terminated in 2006 Norwich chairman Roger Munby said: “Although Steve Foley's input had been invaluable, it was time to freshen up the coaching set-up".
Foley then joined Ipswich Town, initially as skills coach and then as first-team coach under Jim Magilton and also Roy Keane.
Since leaving Ipswich he has been developing his own coaching school and has done a variety of work at all levels.
His love of the game is as strong today as it was when he started in the pro game over forty years ago and he is excited to be joining Leiston as the next chapter of his career.
Mark Morsley has also been busy strengthening the playing staff, with striker Ollie Mann signing a two-year deal with the Blues.
Several clubs were in the hunt for the very much sought after striker following his release from Brantham Athletic.
Mann had a number of goalscoring years with Harwich & Parkeston under-18s before signing for Brantham where he had fantastic success, regularly finding the target and leading scorer in the Ridgeons League twice in the last three years and netting over 100 goals.