Maher walks away from Long Melford

LONG Melford are in search of a new manager after the news that Jason Maher has quit the club.

Maher, who took the reigns at Stoneylands in 2010, guided the club to a ninth placed finish in the Ridgeons League First Division last season and enjoyed an appearance at Portman Road in the Suffolk Senior Cup final, narrowly losing 2-1 to Whitton United.

In a statement on the club’s website Maher said: “This has without doubt been the most difficult decision that I have ever faced in football and one that resulted in much heartache and soul searching. Having to break the news to Alf was the most emotional thing I have ever done in football.

“I genuinely think this is in the best interests of all concerned and one that I hope everyone will understand in time. My time leading this club was a proud period in my life and the Senior Cup final is a night that I will never forget.

“Sometimes as manager I made decisions that not everyone agreed with but I genuinely did what I felt was best for the club. I want to thank everyone connected with the club and wish you all the best for the future as individuals and people. Thanks for everything.

“Jules, Danny and Brian were a huge part of the management team and whose contribution could not be underestimated during the season.

“Danny combined the player/coach role brilliantly and left a huge impact on me with his willingness to work hard with the lads and was a great personal friend.

“Jules was a huge signing for me personally and even though we sometimes disagreed he bought great enthusiasm to the job as well as a great willingness to try and bring success and professionalism to the club. He was great person to bounce ideas off and often came up with ideas that would improve the squad and results.

“Brian was a great physio and spent many an hour working with the players on rehab and patching them up ready for the next game and was always a great character to have around the club. I wish all 3 the very best in the future and can’t thank them enough.”