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Whaley Returns to March

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Brett Whaley has returned to Ridgeons League First Division club March Town to finish the job he started.

Whaley is back for a second spell at the Hares helm following the resignation of Jamie Weston. He opted to return after being contacted by chairman Phil White regarding the managerial vacancy.

Whaley was in charge at March for two years between 2007 and 2009 before being succeeded by Weston, who led the club into the top eight in successive seasons.

Weston operated without a playing budget for the final third of last season and Whaley only expects to have minimal funds at his disposal next term, but he hopes time spent managing at Peterborough League level will be of real benefit when assembling his squad.

Whaley bossed Ramsey Town and worked as number two at Hereward Teamwear United Counties League outfit Deeping Rangers after leaving March.

He said: “It wasn’t quite right for me at Deeping and when Phil got in touch I fancied the job again.

“At the time I decided to leave March I was setting up a new business, moving house and had a baby on the way.

“Back then something a little closer to home was appealing, but now I feel ready to get back into Ridgeons League football.

“I feel I put some good foundations in place during my last spell at March that helped Jamie take the club forward. He has done ever so well and finishing in the top ten will be our aim again next season.

“The challenge is different for me this time at March. It is not about surviving any more and the club has plans in place for the future.

“Promotion is the ultimate aim, but I’m not naive enough to think that is going to happen overnight because there are still some issues to be resolved from last season when Jamie ended up working without a budget.

“There will be some funds in place for next season, but they will be minimal. Hopefully I can put my time in the Peterborough League to good use by recruiting a few players from that level.

“My old club Ramsey have a great bunch of lads who have just won the league and there are others at that level who could make the step up with a little bit of work.”

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