RYMAN LEAGUE: Morsley to resign as Needham Market manager at the end of the season

MOVING ON: Mark Morsley has decided he will step down as Needham Market manager at the end of the current season
MOVING ON: Mark Morsley has decided he will step down as Needham Market manager at the end of the current season
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Mark Morsley has announced he will step down as manager of Needham Market at the end of this season.

The former AFC Sudbury and Leiston manager rejoined the Marketmen as manager in February 2013, having earlier enjoyed two managerial roles with the club in the past.

Morsley will step down as boss at the end of the season to become chairman of Needham Market Football Club Ltd, with his assistant Richard Wilkins being promoted into the hotseat as first team manager.

The Marketmen are set for the highest league finish in the club’s history, with Morsley’s side currently occupying fourth place in the Ryman League Premier Division, and still in with a strong chance of making the play-offs at the end of the season.

Morsley’s first spell as manager saw him guide Needham to promotion from the Thurlow Nunn League First Division to the Premier Division in 2005, as well as clinching the Suffolk Senior Cup title.

Following spells at Sudbury and Harwich & Parkeston, Morsley returned to Bloomfields to assist then manager Danny Laws in May 2009.

The duo led Needham to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title a year later, and with it promotion to Ryman League Division One North for the first time.

Morsley left the Marketmen at the end of the 2009-10 season to take up the vacant manager’s position at Leiston, where he masterminded back-to-back league titles, propelling the Suffolk club from the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division to the Ryman League Premier Division in two seasons.

In February 2013, Morsley resigned at Victory Road and shortly after took up the manager’s job at Needham once again and more success was to follow.

Under Morsley’s tutelage, the Marketmen won the Ryman League Division One North title in 2014-15 to achieve promotion to Step Four for the first time in their history.

With five games of their season left to be played, Needham are three points clear of sixth place Tonbridge Angels in the Premier Division table.