Acle United boss Taylor decides to call it a day

Acle United are looking for a new manager after Robert Taylor decided to step down after less than a year in charge.

The ex-professional footballer, who can count Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers amongst his former clubs, has called it a day after guiding the club to safety in the Premier Division of the Anglian Combination.

The former champions looked in danger of dropping down into the second flight when Taylor took charge, but after a tough start results improved and they ended up securing their top flight status with one match to spare.

Speaking on his Facebook page, Taylor said: “I have decided to step down as manager of Acle United. It turned out to be a successful season with the club retaining Premier Division status.

“I want to say thanks to the players, committee and supporters for their support during my time at the club.

“The travelling is the only reason for my decision to step down. Acle are a great club and I would like to wish them and the new manager all the best for the future.”

The club swiftly started the hunt for Taylor’s successor, and are looking for a manager to build on the progress made over the course of the 2017-18 season.

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A statement read: “Acle United are looking to appoint a new first team manager for the 2018-19 season.

“Rob Taylor has decided not to continue next season and the club would like to thank Rob for his contribution last season.

“Interested parties can forward their CV to acleunited@hotmail,co,uk with relevant experience and coaching qualifications.

“Closing date for applications is 1st June 2018.”

A 4-2 defeat against St Andrews in January left Acle in desperate trouble near the foot of the table but with Taylor at the helm they went on a solid run, with six wins and three draws in their final 13 games seeing them finish fourth points clear of Stalham Town, who ended up going down with bottom side Reepham.