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Brightlingsea Regent need new boss after Tom Rothery walks away

Brightlingsea Regent are hunting for a new manager after Tom Rothery stood down in the wake of the Isthmian League club’s latest reverse.

The R’s boss walked away at the weekend following Saturday’s last gasp 3-2 defeat at home to Lewes. Rothery’s side had led 2-0 before conceding a 90th-minute winner – just as they had in the previous week’s 2-1 defeat at East Thurrock United.

According to a club statement, Rothery’s number two Pip Boyland will take charge on Tuesday night when the R’s host Enfield Town in the Isthmian League Premier Division at the Taydal Stadium.

“We thank Tom for his efforts and everything he has done for the club, on and off the pitch,” read the club’s statement. “Pip Boyland will take charge of Tuesday’s fixture with Enfield Town, assisted by John Albon and Alan Wright.”

Appointed in October 2017, Rothery guided the club to safety in their first season at Step 3 before masterminding their highest ever finish last term, a creditable 13th spot after fighting for a play-off berth.

Rothery also took the R’s on their best ever cup runs, reaching the third qualifying round of the FA Cup and FA Trophy last season. In the former, he masterminded wins over Cambridge City and Egham Town before bowing out to Torquay United.

After threatening to quit towards the end last term over budget concerns, Rothery, pictured left watching his side from the touchline at Cheshunt, committed to another campaign before resigning on Sunday night with his side sitting in 16th spot with eight points from two wins and two draws from their nine league outings.

Image courtesy of Neil Payne/Brightlingsea Regent FC

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