Coventry Loses His Number Two

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John Coventry, manager of Vanarma National League South club East Thurrock United, has announced that there will be at least one departure from Ship Lane at the end of this season.

The Rocks` assistant-manager Jay Devereux has made the decision to take a break from football.

A disappointed Coventry said: “Devs has a young family and wants to spend more time and especially weekends with his wife and children.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed to lose not only someone that has assisted me brilliantly over the last seven years, but also a good friend.

“In 2009 and 2010 we had made play-offs in the Ryman Division One, but lost in the semi-finals on both occasions. That summer I decided to bring someone else onto our staff, I wanted someone who would provide something different and could get that bit extra out of players.

“Well that person was Devs and he added exactly what I had hoped and what we would need to go that bit further in the league.

“In 2011, we were crowned champions and were promoted to the Ryman Premier.

“That was the start of the success that included fantastic FA Cup and FA Trophy runs, cup finals, play-off semi-finals and finals and our second promotion in six seasons.

“This season has probably given us the biggest satisfaction in competing in the National League South and securing our place in the division for the 2017/18 season.

“Over our time of working together it became more than a manager and assistant-manager situation, we became a team that delivered the best times in East Thurrock`s history.

“Finally, I would like to thank not only Devs, but also his wife Nat and children Ellis and Mae for being understanding throughout the last few years”.

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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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