Richard Wilkins has admitted that losing his Needham Market job “came out of the blue,” following his surprise exit from Bloomfields earlier this week, report Green’Un 24.

The Marketmen, who play at Step Three level, are currently ranked the top non-league club in Suffolk, sitting in 15th place in the Southern League Premier Central on the back of five wins in their last seven fixtures in all competitions.

In addition, Wilkins’ men are in the last four of the Southern League Challenge Cup, and are also still in the Suffolk Premier Cup.

But, just a few days after seeing his side beat Hednesford Town 4-3 last weekend, Wilkins has left the club, with Academy manager Kevin Horlock taking over as his successor.

“It’s come as a complete surprise,” insisted Wilkins this morning.

“It has come out right out of the blue, but then you can never be too surprised when it comes to football.”

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