Welling United part company with player-manager Jamie Coyle: It has been a pleasure managing Welling United this season

Wednesday 02nd May 2018

WELLING UNITED have parted company with first team player-manager Jamie Coyle after just one season in charge of the club.

The Wings finished in tenth-place in the Vanarama National League South table having collected 61 points from their 42 league games, missing out on a place in the play-offs by eight points.

Jamie Coyle guided Welling United to a top-ten finish
in the Vanarama National League South.
Photo: Welling United FC

A club statement said: “Welling United FC and Jamie Coyle have agreed for Jamie to part company as manager.

“The club wishes to place on record its gratitude to Jamie for his efforts this past season, especially for helping us to provide a stable base for the club to move forward from and he leaves his post with our best wishes for the future.

“Jamie will remain involved as head of education within our new Academy.”

Coyle announced his departure from the Park View Road hot-seat on Twitter last night.

The central defender said: “It has been a pleasure managing Welling United this season.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players, management team and the fans that have made this season a really enjoyable one and wish the club all the success in the future.

“The end of a real rolldercoaster season,” he added.  “Many lessons learnt and great people met along the way.

“Many thanks to my backroom staff (past and present) that have worked so hard behind the scenes and to the players that have represented Welling United this year.

“We came up just short of the play-offs but we are moving in the right direction.  Also a special mention to the fans that have travelled around the country to support the boys and have stuck by them even when our chips were down.”

The news has come as a shock as owner Mark Goldberg announced on the club website in February that Coyle and player-coach Jack Parkinson had signed a new deal that would have kept them at the club until the end of next season.

Goldberg said on 9 February, “I am pleased to confirm that Jamie Coyle has accepted the role of first team manager for the next 2018/19 season, working alongside player-coach Jack Parkinson, ensuring continuity and consistency both on and off the pitch.

“Jamie will also take a lead role in our scholarship post sixteen program for the 2018/19 season, providing the perfect link intro from the first team for the future for our newly formed Welling United Academy and Youth programme.

“I would like to wish Jamie and Jack the very best of luck for the remainder of this season and in their preparations for next season.”

Meanwhile, the club confirmed on Monday that midfielders Connor Dymond and Jack Jebb have signed new deals to stay at the club next season.

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