Gifton Noel-Williams, who was recently appointed Burnham FC’s new manager, has left the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division club.

A statement said: “The club have parted company with Noel-Williams, whose existing burnhamcoaching commitments proved too difficult to combine with the time and input required to lead this young first team and be part of Burnham’s football regeneration.”

Chairman Gary Reeves added: “Naturally we are disappointed that things have not worked out here for Gifton. We wish him every success with his coaching, which has been a great source of encouragement to young players.”

Former Watford striker Noel-Williams had only been appointed in late September, having replaced another ex-Football League professional, David Tuttle, who left early in the season. Blues have no current plans to appoint a new manager, instead the team will be run by the club’s director of football, Luther Blissett, and the rest of his coaching staff.

And the coaches could not have been more delighted than what they have seen this week. On Monday the Blues defeated Oxford City 1-0 in an under-18 game at The Gore with centre-back Jack Howell blasting home a superb winner two minutes from time. Then 24 hours later the senior side defeated the same club in the Hellenic League at Court Place Farm.

Reeves commented: “Luther has created two teams that have really inspired us in recent weeks and it is all to play for now here at Burnham once more.”

Blues remain bottom of the Premier Division on nine points, but have closed the gap on the side immediately above them, Henley Town, to only three points, while they are four points behind third-bottom Oxford City, but they do have a huge goal difference to make up. Eighth-placed Royal Wootton Bassett are the visitors to The Gore this Saturday.


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