Ryman League Premier Division Enfield Town have appointed Andy Leese and Darren Purse to succeed Brad Quinton and Andy Porter as their new managerial team.

Leese stepped down from his role as Chesham United in March, after spending over ten years at the club.

During that time he led the club to the Southern League Premier Division and to two FA Cup runs that led them to the “proper rounds” of the competition.

In 2015/16 Leese’s Generals beat his new employers and Bristol Rovers on the way to the Second Round, where they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Bradford City.

They reached the First Round again last season, but were beaten at Peterborough United.

Of his appointment Leese said “I am thrilled to be joining such an ambitious club, and can’t wait to get started. There are very few good jobs available at this level, and this is definitely one of them. Apart from being supporter-owned, I know the club is very community orientated and I am very pleased to be part of that.

Brad Quinton has clearly done a great job during his time at the club and Darren and I will be looking to pick up the reins quickly and make progress. We will relish the challenge of meeting the expectations of supporters.”

Leese will be assisted by former Chesham United defender Darren Purse, with the club confirming that the former Birmingham City, West Brom and Cardiff City star has been registered as a player.

Speaking to the Enfield Town website Purse admitted that he was looking forward to working alongside his former Generals boss once again.

He said “I am delighted to be working with Andy again. I think we complement each other very well and have an extensive knowledge of the game between us. Joining Enfield Town is very exciting and we will be aiming to keep the club’s momentum going from day one”.

Towners chairman Paul Reed commented “We were extremely impressed with the number of applications we had, and it was quite difficult to whittle down to a manageable number of interviews, such was the calibre of those we shortlisted. Andy and Darren were extremely clear about their immediate and longer term plans for the club and were outstanding candidates. I very much look forward to working with them both”.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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