Following from a recent development at the club of which on this occasion did not represent my views, after a serious of thoughts and reflection, I believe now is the right time for me to move on, says Sheppey United assistant manager Marcel Nimani
SHEPPEY UNITED assistant manager Marcel Nimani has dropped the club a bombshell by announcing his shock departure.
Manager Ernie Batten and Nimani guided the club to a unique quadruple of trophies last season, claiming the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division title, claiming and then retaining the Kent Senior Trophy and beating Crowborough Athletic to land the Challenge Cup.
The Ites kick-off their inaugural Isthmian League South East Division campaign at home to Chichester City on Saturday 13 August, a week after their FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round trip to Athletic Newham.
“A huge congratulations to the club for a historic season,” Nimani said in a statement which was published on the club website.
“After three seasons, I’m extremely proud to have achieved everything that we set out to do – Sheppey United FC representing this wonderful island in the Isthmian League.
“Following from a recent development at the club of which on this occasion did not represent my views, after a serious of thoughts and reflection, I believe now is the right time for me to move on.
“This has been an extremely difficult decision, and whilst heavy hearted, I leave the club in a better place and personally leave the club as a better and more experienced person and for that, I am externally grateful to the club.”
Nimani added: “An extended thank you goes to the people that I worked with the closest, Matt Smith and Gary Seamark (joint-chairmen) – two fantastic people who drive the club in the right direction, as well as Ernie Batten.
“Over the last three years, I’ve had the opportunity to coach some of the regions finest gentlemen. Thank you to all the players, you have all been a joy and a delight to coach – you are the true champions.
“Lastly, my gang of coaches that I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside in this journey; Craig Coles, Lee Allen, Jack Midson, Kieran Gooding, Mike King and Josh Hall – thank you gentlemen, it has been honorary and educational.
“To everyone associated with the club, I wish you all generation after generation of success.”
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