Pitchero Non League Newsletter
Login:   Help
Breaking News:
Posh Move for Beautyman - Vanarama Conference club Welling United have confirmed that England C midfielder Harry Beautyman has joined Sky Bet....... Experienced Keeper Joins Poppies - Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central leaders Kettering Town have signed experienced goalkeeper Richard Knight from Cambridge City. ... Kerr Makes Celtic Switch - Vanarama Conference North club Stalybridge Celtic have announced the signing of midfielder Scott Kerr. ... Harriers Sign Ex-Wrexham Keeper - Goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi has joined Vanarama Conference club Kidderminster Harriers on non-contract terms.... Vics Fend Off HMRC - Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North club Northwich Victoria fended off a winding-up petition from HMRC....... Wrens Lose Their Chairman - Mark Hawkins, chairman of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Rainworth Miners Welfare, has...... Leiston Return for Cunningham - Ryman League Premier Division club Leiston have re-signed Danny Cunningham from Ryman Division One North.... ... Keeper Re-Unites With Funk - Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North club Scarborough Athletic`s goalkeeper Jason White has agreed.... ... Kimble Adds Three to Squad - Alan Kimble, manager of Ryman League Division One North club Maldon & Tiiptree, added three new players to his squad.... Bay Release Mukendi - Vanarama Conference North club Colwyn Bay have released 6`5” forward Vinny Mukendi after a month’s trial ahead of ... Free to Watch Vanarama Conference Match - Eastleigh have announced that their home Vanarama Conference game against Dartford....... FA Carlsberg Vase Third Round Draw.... - Ties to be played on Saturday, December 6th. ... Gs Bring in Willment - Godalming Town have announced the signing of defender Tom Willment from....... Frickley Borrow Young Spireite - Young defender Jack Broadhead has joined Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Frickley Athletic on a.... ... Hopkinson Makes Hastings Move - Ryman League Division One South club Hastings United have signed Arron Hopkinson from Ryman Premier Division outfit Bognor Regis Town.... Callander Makes Permanent Witham Move - Witham Town have announced that, after striker Luke Callander decided to leave Vanarama Conference South side....... Hutchings Extends Frome Stay - Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Frome Town have extended the loan deal of Jake Hutchings for a second.... ... Double Hat-Tricks for Basford - Ruben Wiggins-Thomas and Stuart Hendrie both scored hat-tricks as Basford United beat Kirby Muxloe 7-0 in the Midland... ... Dowson Challenges Players to Push On - Alan Dowson, manager of Ryman League Premier Division cub Hampton & Richmond Borough, challenged his players to.... ... Busy, Busy Garner - Simon Garner, manager of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North club Clitheroe, confirmed that he had.... ...

Latest Sydenham's Football League (Wessex) 12-13 News

			        
Sydenham's Football League (Wessex) 12-13

Kemp Announces He`s Quitting

Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division club Christchurch have reached the end of an era with news....

0 Comments

Published 19th December 2012

Kemp Announces He`s Quitting
Graham Kemp

....that their most successful ever manager, Graham Kemp, is leaving the club.

The 47-year-old, now in his sixth season at Hurn Bridge, broke the news to his players after last night’s 3-1 defeat at table-toppers Downton.

Since joining Priory from Brockenhurst, former central defender Kemp – a veteran of more than 800 Wessex games for AFC Lymington/Lymington & New Milton – has worked miracles to establish them as a regular top-five Wessex force.

Last season was his best ever, leading Christchurch to third spot and glory in the Sydenhams League Cup.

But after more than five years in the post he feels he has taken them as far as he can and wants to recharge his batteries before looking for another job – hopefully at a higher level – for next term.

“Last year we came third, reached two cup finals and won one of them and it was the ideal opportunity to push on,” said Kemp.

“But the club’s financial situation means I’ve never drawn a penny in wages or expenses and neither has any player, so it’s been really hard work. “We’ve lost a lot of players to the Southern League and it’s understandable that they want to progress and, perhaps after a break, I will too.

“I’ve had twenty years non-stop in the Wessex League, playing and managing, and I’ve never had a period of time to relax. I feel shattered.

“I’m doing a bit of a Pep Guardiola and taking a sabbatical. I live and breathe football and I need a break.”

With this year’s title race wide open, Christchurch have as good a chance as any of lifting their first Wessex crown.

Kemp has agreed to stay on until a suitable successor is found but says he wouldn’t mind at all if the new manager stole his thunder.

“It’s early days yet to be talking about the title, but I’d love it if someone came in and won the league,” he said.

“Christchurch will advertise the post and I’m not going to leave them in the lurch. I should imagine I’d be around for two or three weeks yet.

“There’s no ulterior motive to my leaving. Christchurch are a fabulous club with a really good youth policy, but I’m tired and not enjoying it as much as I was.

“The club would never sack me, so it’s purely my decision.

“It’s very rare in football that you get to walk away with no hard feelings, shake hands and say thank you very much.

“Christchurch will move on and we’ll see what the future holds for me.”

[Source: Daily Echo]