Rick Andrews has resigned as manager of Stowmarket Town after over seven-and-a-half years in charge.

Assistant boss Paul Musgrove is to take over at the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side.

Andrews steps down after 336 matches in charge, having taken the reins in March 2013. He told the club’s website:

“It was a hard decision, as my head is telling me it’s the right thing to do, while my heart is telling me I’m being silly for leaving now.

“I’ve given seven-and-a-half years of my life to the club. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve as a club during that time and, in my opinion, I’m leaving the club in a better place to when I arrived.

“Walking around the club on match days and seeing the improvements we’ve made and the support we get from the fans makes me more proud than anything else.”

Andrews presided over the club’s first promotion in 2017 and Stow were unbeaten at the top of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division before last season was ended prematurely.

Their league-record-setting unbeaten streak was extended to 39 games before the current season was recently put on hold.

On stepping up as manager, Paul Musgrove said: “I’ve got a mixture of emotions really. Me and Rick have become like family in the last three-and-a-half years; we speak to each other two or three times a day.

“Rick has done lots for me and helped develop me, as he has done for a lot of other people. I’m proud to be manager of Stow and hopefully we can go on and achieve what he would have wanted and get the club promoted.”

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