Stunell calls it a day...

SIDMOUTH Town have commenced the search for a new first team manager following the resignation of Josh Stunell.

Stunell, who spent four years in the Manstone Road hot seat, has overseen the progression of the Vikings both on and off the field. The club’s first team have just completed their season in the South West Peninsula League Division One (East) finishing 11th which follows 11th, 13th and 10th placed finishes in Stunell’s previous three seasons. During that time the club has also grown to include a fourth team and have this season installed impressive floodlights for midweek fixtures.

Stunell, who had previously managed Seaton Town in the Devon & Eetert League said: Having spent four seasons managing Sidmouth Town Football Club’s first team I will be stepping down at the end of the current campaign. Both John [assistant manager John Clements] and I have worked tirelessly for the club and quite frankly we need a break.

“It’s absolutely the right time to move on. Since we came into the club four years ago we have stabilised the 1st team and supported the club with the implementation and development of four senior teams.

“I am also very proud of the part I played in the arrival of the lights. That, as a job, was a great club effort and that’s something I have cherished so much in my time, the feeling of ‘being in it together’ and working as one to make visions come to reality.

“There’s no doubting that the club has got some wonderful people involved in it and I am convinced that, they will continue to go from strength to strength. I would personally like to thank the committee, supporters and all of the players that have made my time at Sidmouth Town so memorable.”

The club have issued the following information regarding any applicants for the position: “Sidmouth Town AFC wishes to announce that a vacancy exists for the post of First Team Manager for the season 2018/19. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be submitted to Chairman Andy Argyle on

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