St Albans City have announced the departure of assistant-manager Harry Wheeler with immediate effect.

Wheeler joined the club in December 2012 as head coach. He then went on to be caretaker-manager in December 2015 following the departure of James Gray and Graham Golds before being confirmed as permanent manager in January 2016. St albans

Manager Ian Allinson said: “I would like to thank Harry for all his hard work since I have been here, he has given a lot to this football club and he certainly has a fantastic career ahead of him, however at this time I just wish to make some changes with regards to my backroom staff. I will make a further announcement on the changes in due course.”

Meanwhile, Lee Chappell has put pen-to-paper on a new one-year deal for the Saints.

Chappell has made over 150 appearances for the club and had no hesitation in signing a new deal at Clarence Park.

He said: “The way we finished last campaign was simply amazing and with Ian Allinson at the helm and a fresh slate come August, the club has a very bright future which I want to be part of.”One player who will not be returning is goalkeeper and former player of the year Joe Welch. We thank Joe for his contribution to the club and wish him all the very best for the future.

Allinson was quick to praise Welch: “Joe has been fantastic for me during his time here which has been reflected in the accolades and awards he has collected during his time with the club. I’m just looking to freshen things up next season however I thank Joe for his hard work over the last few months since I have arrived and especially over the last couple of years

“Discussions with potential new signings are ongoing and the club will release any news once it becomes available. We appreciate supporters` excitement and can be safe in the knowledge that Ian and the backroom staff are doing everything they can to enable the club has a competitive squad in time for the start of the new season in August.”


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