Old boys take over at Great Yarmouth Town


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Great Yarmouth Town have wasted little time in replacing departing manager Ricci Butler.

A week after announcing Butler was taking over the managerial vacancy at Thurlow Nunn Premier League neighbours Gorleston, the Bloaters revealed that former players Martin Sinclair and Adam Mason will be joint first team managers.

Ross Catchpole has also decided to stay with the First Division club, which narrowly missed out on promotion at the end of the season, as a first team coach.

In a statement the club said: “Ex Acle Utd and Gorleston boss, ‘Sinny’ brings vast knowledge and experience at this level and Mason’s drive, determination and organisational skills will be a great asset to the club.

“Ross Catchpole’s appointment is vital to the club as his coaching skills and organisation were key for the Bloaters last season. Ross is also hoping to resume his playing career at some point in the season after a long lay-off through injury.

“All three are former Bloaters players. We expect further appointments to the management team in the next few days.”

Town have also appointed Andrew Nicholls and Wayne Hunter as Under 18s managers.

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“We believe that these appointments are a clear statement of intent for all Bloaters’ players, supporters and sponsors to build and improve on last season’s success,” said the statement. “A town of this size deserves a top football team and we are confident that this management team will deliver that over the next few seasons. We wish them well.”

Butler, meanwhile, has promised he will not strengthen his new squad by ripping the heart out of his old one, saying it would go against his morals to raid the Bloaters of all of their prized assets.

The 28-year-old said: “As a player I never understood managers who took players from club to club.

“Yet when you are a boss you know players who you can wholeheartedly trust, you know what they’re capable of so I can understand why managers do it. But I’m not going to pull loads of bodies across from Yarmouth to Gorleston. It’s not what I believe in.

“Yes, there might be one or two I might want to have a look at, or some who say ‘Can I come and join you?’. You can’t stop people wanting to do that. But I’m not going to be bitter and take them all with me and leave Yarmouth with nothing. Because I still want that local derby back.

“I want them to get promoted. I hold the club close to me. They were superb to me, they gave me my first job, they kept backing me, and I wouldn’t do that to them. Plus Gorleston have got a very good squad already.”