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Hillman Calls Time On Second Hengrove Spell

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Saturday is going be Jaime Hillman`s last game in charge of Toolstation Western League First Division club Hengrove Athletic`s first-team.

Hillman leaves Grove for a second time, but this time it`s to take a rest from the game.

He said: “Those close to me will know this has been in my thoughts for a while now.

“When I left for a season a few years back it was to seek a fresh challenge but this time it couldn’t be more different. I feel that I need a break from managing a team & all the time that it takes up.

“I’m getting married in August and have a busy summer ahead of me, so I think this is best for all concerned as I wouldn’t want to go into the season not being able to give 100% commitment.

“I’m tough on myself and feel I’ve missed to many games this season already and wouldn’t want that to be the same situation again.

“I’ve had lots of discussions with the chairman over the past few months and he has stressed in all of them how he wants me to stay at the club and stay involved, but he knows my mind has been made up with regards to being the first-team manager, but also knows the love I have for Hengrove and I have said to him that if there’s a role that can be found that suits all parties then I wouldn’t hesitate to take it. Hopefully that will be discussed when the season finishes and I can look forward to helping drive the club forward in the future.

“I’ve had eleven fantastic years as first-team manager at the club, with far more highs than lows, and enjoyed every second along the way. I have so many thank yous to say to people but that will be left for another time as we still have this season to finish and we’re so close to realising our target of promotion.

“When I came back three seasons ago it was with a plan to try and get us promoted within three seasons and what a great way to end my time as manager it would be if we get the points needed on Saturday to guarantee us the promotion we’ve fought so hard for during a long season.

“Saturday will be hard for me in knowing it’s the end and I know we’re going to be in for a tough afternoon against Almondsbury but if we manage to get the three points then I can guarantee you there won’t be a prouder person inside of Norton Lane!”

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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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