NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: St Neots Town manager Marc Abbott stands down - and already has another job

St Neots Town manager Marc Abbott deep in though during their defeat to Halesowen. Picture: DAVID R.

St Neots Town manager Marc Abbott deep in though during their defeat to Halesowen. Picture: DAVID R. W. RICHARDSON/RICH IN VIDEO 2019 - Credit: Archant

Marc Abbott has resigned as manager of St Neots Town - to return to his former club.

Abbott announced his departure from the Southern League Division One Central strugglers early this morning.

Abbott leaves Saints sitting second bottom after winning only two of their 16 league games so far this season. His final match in charge was a Hunts Senior Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of lower-level local rivals Eynesbury Rovers on Tuesday night.

He was at the helm at the Premier Plus Stadium since February and oversaw the club's relegation from the Premier Division last season although a major budget cut led to the departure of many key players ahead of his arrival.

In a statement released on social media, Abbott delivered thanks to owner Lee Kearns and director of football Matt Clements for having the chance to manage Saints, but surprisingly made no mention of his return to Step 5 side Haverhill Rovers.

Abbott said: "I have made a very conscious decision to step down as St Neots Town manager with immediate effect. "This is not something I have taken lightly however I feel it is the right time to ensure the club has the opportunity to find a replacement ahead of the Christmas period.

"A huge thank-you must go to Matt Clements, a guy I have so much respect for.

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"Identifying myself as his successor at a club with such calibre and history was an opportunity I felt right to take with both hands.

"Matt has been nothing short of professional, respectful and most importantly, always there for advice.

"I also want to thank Lee for all his efforts day in, day out at the club.

"I've seen first-hand the time this man spends ensuring the club runs professionally from top to bottom.

"He is a very knowledgable man who had a tough decision to make last February just like many other clubs will over the next few years.

"I personally feel the club made the correct decision in ensuring it runs in a suatainable manner and that is something I bought into from day one.

"I can go on record in saying the club has a fantastic group of owners, staff and committee members who always go above and beyond.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the club will be back thriving but it will take time and persistence, and there will be good and bad days.

"My thanks also go to the fans who have backed the players and staff in very tough circumstances. You are all a credit to the club and I can assure the players and management appreciated every bit of supported that has been shown this season.

"I wish everyone connected with the club all the best. I will follow the club's progress carefully and hope to see you back where you belong soon."

Abbott's return to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Haverhill Rovers as player-manager was then confirmed by the Suffolk club later this morning. Their social media claim of 'moving swiftly' was something of an understatement.

Meanwhile it is understood that Clements will take charge of St Neots for their Division One Central clash against table-toppers Corby Town this Saturday with assistant boss Sean Greygoose and coach Matt Joseph staying on.

St Neots Town issued a brief statement on their website which read: "We would like to go on record and thank Marc for the time, energy and effort he has put into the club and we wish him every success in the future."

The departure of Abbott continues a tough week for Saints who have also withdrawn their struggling reserve side from the Kershaw Premier Divison of the Cambridgeshire County League.