Matty Holmes admitted his success at the helm of Wimborne Town had even surprised himself after it was announced yesterday that he had taken a new role as the club’s community and academy director of football.

The former West Ham and Cherries midfielder took charge at Magpies in May 2016, overseeing promotion into Southern League South for the first time in the club’s history in just his second season at the helm.

Wimborne last season retained their place at step three of the non-league pyramid, finishing 14th, three points clear of the relegation zone.

However, the search is on for a new boss after just six league games this season.

Discussing the decision, Matty Holmes told the Daily Echo: “Over the past six months it was playing on my mind and it is a case of looking where I want to be in the next two or three years.

“Do I want to want go and manage at a higher level? No. What I have been brought up in since I retired from playing football is the development side of things in academies. It is exciting times.”

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