Come the end of the season, East Midlands Counties League club Radcliffe Olympic`s first-team manager Steve Morris will stand down from his current role.
Having joined the club some eight years ago to help run the reserves, Morris quickly worked his way up to assist Kevin Waddley with the running of the first-team, a role he continued under Mike Wain before becoming joint-manager with Eddie Humphreys midway through the 2015/16 season, before taking over on a sole basis for this season.
In this time, the club recorded respectable league positions against the odds, along with two League Cup runners-up medals, along semi-finalist and good runs in the Buildbase FA Vase which helped secure the club financially. Not to mention, many of the youngsters that started in the reserves with Morris, have now become first-team regulars or have gone on to higher levels in the game.
Commenting on this announcement, general manager Scott Carlton said: “We are deeply appreciative of the years of service Morro has given to the club, not just in his roles as assistant-manager and ultimately as manager, but also in his contributions to the running of the club, for his endeavours in helping improve our ground and facilities but also for being a good friend.
“I know when I first joined Radcliffe Olympic, Steve was one of the very first people to make feel warmly welcome, and often acted as a guiding hand, even turning out a few star-studded performances for me when I ran the reserves, including a few `firm but fair` Morro challenges!
“Whilst this comes as a disappointment, we fully appreciate and understand Steve’s thought process and his reasons for standing down. It has all been done very professionally and honestly, and we will part, come the end of the season, with handshake, a pint or two and as lasting friends.
“Speaking on behalf of the whole club, I’m sure all connected with Radcliffe Olympic Football Club will join me in wishing Steve the very best in his future endeavours in football, in whatever capacity that may bring but also in his personal life with Lisa and his family”.