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Bosham manager Andy Probee has called time on his four-year reign in charge of the Southern Combination League Division Two champions.

The 37-year-old player-manager, alongside assistant Neil Redman and head coach, Grahame Vick, are all stepping aside owing to various family and personal commitments.

The management trio have built an enviable record in leading the village side to the most successful period in their recent history, with four trophies in their four years managing together, culminating in the Southern Combination Division Two title this season.

Probee said: “It’s with a heavy heart that I’ve taken this decision as I love the club, but it’s become increasingly difficult to juggle family life, work and managing the side. As any manager will tell you, it’s so much more than just picking the squad, and I need to take a break from it.

“Our preparation all season has been so meticulous – meetings prior to big games with Grahame and Neil sometimes went on for two or three hours, and while I’m proud of the success we’ve had, I can’t continue to give it the level of commitment needed.

“None of us like doing things by half and between the three of us, felt it right at this time to step aside.

“We’ve had four really good years managing a great set of lads, and the club has progressed so much in that time, with some good people running it.”

Probee took over the managerial hot seat at Walton Lane in November 2013, immediately winning the West Sussex Premier Division title, with a run of thirteen wins from their final sixteen league games.

The following season back in the Southern Combination League, he guided much of the same squad to the Division Two Cup, with an impressive 3-0 victory against Sidlesham at Pagham, before repeating the feat in 2015/16, with a 2-0 win against league champions AFC Varndeanians on another memorable night for the club under the lights at Storrington.

Probee is, however, set to continue his long affinity to the Reds, where father Bob is Club President: “I’m sure I’ll manage again in the future, but feel like I’ve got a few years playing left in me and want to enjoy my football here.”

Probee’s efforts also extend off-field, where he doubles as club groundsman, leaning on his landscape business experience. It’s a role he enjoys in his spare time, and will continue to share with Grahame Vick (alongside other off-field support). The club have once again nominated for the Sussex FA Groundsman of the Year award for Step 7 clubs.

Bosham are now inviting applications for the first-team manager role to lead the FA Charter Standard side in the Southern Combination Division Two next season.

All interested parties should write to the club via email to chairman@boshamfc.co.uk in the first instance, outlining their experience, no later than Sunday, May 14th.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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