Eastbourne Borough have announced that manager Tommy Widdrington has left his position of First Team Manager by mutual consent.
A club statement read “Eastbourne Borough Football Club would like to place on record their thanks for Tommy’s efforts whilst in the hot seat at Priory Lane following the departure of Garry Wilson. Tommy stabilised the football side of the club, and prevented further relegations that often mark demotion from the National League Premier Division. He has also made significant changes to the ‘behind the scenes’ structures at the club, bringing his knowledge and experience from a lifetime in the professional game to bear in these areas.
John Bonar – Football Chairman at Priory Lane commented: “It has been a pleasure to work with Tommy over the past few years. He has always been the consummate professional amidst some big changes in the background of the football club. He can leave the club with his head held high after not just helping to stabilise the club but also delivering some memorable cup wins and of course the silverware of the Sussex Senior Cup. When I first took over as football chairman, Tommy was described to me as a Marmite type of person. All I can say is that I suppose I must like Marmite and I wish him well with his new opportunity.”
After saying his goodbyes to players and staff this morning Widdrington commented “I can only firstly re-iterate The Chairman’s comments and then add that it has been an honour and a privilege to have worked as the ‘Gaffa’ at Eastbourne Borough F.C. over the last 5 years.
Firstly under Len Smith whom I’m ever grateful to, for giving me the opportunity to manage The Boro. At the time he, Mick Grimer and Mike Spooner, who has been a particularly helpful on all levels, were the trilogy under which I worked and more recently John Bonar, Lee Peskett and Paul Maynard have continued the progress of the club both on and off the field of play.
Like in any business some relationships haven’t always run smoothly but I can honestly say that those with the primary interest of improving the fortunes of the club before themselves, at any level, will certainly remain on my Christmas card list. There are (literally) too many people to thank but personally I ‘d like to mention my support staff , both paid and voluntary, Hugo, Shaun, Noddy (Neil), James ,Damo and Louis (the kit managers!).
Lastly to each and every player that wears the Borough badge I thank you for your efforts fellas and hope you fulfil your individual and collective ambitions. The club has made great strides and I genuinely hope will continue to do so and I sincerely wish everyone associated with EBFC all the very best for the future. TW.”
First team matters for the remainder of the season will be handled by Hugo Langton and the club are grateful for his and all staff and players’ support.