It is with regret that Steyning Town Community FC have accepted the resignation of Gerry Murphy as first team manager, effective after Saturdays final league game against AFC Varndeanians. Gerry has had a really tough season personally, suffering the terrible loss of his lovely wife Jane back in September, and has bounced back remarkably. Gerry joined the club in August 2016 bringing with him a wealth of coaching experience and has spent 6 seasons managing the first team and overseeing other teams in the senior set up.
During Gerrys tenure at the club there has been excellent progress both on and off the pitch for which we will always be grateful. Supporters will probably remember with most affection the promotion & cup winning season in 2018/19, with Gerry leading the club back in to the SCFL Premier Division for the first time in 30 years; succeeding where many had failed before him. Since then the progress in the SCFL Premier has been up and down, heavily affected by COVID, but now we can look forward to our 4th season in the division and we have a strong base for an exciting future.
Chairman Ian Nichols added “I took over as Chairman the season following Gerry’s appointment and between us, with Gerry’s infectious enthusiasm and the invaluable help of John Brown, Jane and other volunteers, we set about trying to get a few more seasons from the changing rooms. It was hard work and a lot of fun.
From a personal perspective the time I have spent with Gerry has shown me how fiercely ambitious he is but also happy to see the funny side of most situations. There is no doubt in my mind that the football at our club has improved significantly with Gerry’s input. It has been a great time and so I am delighted to also announce that Gerry will be staying on as General Manager at the club and also to work in more detail with our youth set up”
The club would like to invite everyone along this Saturday to Gerrys last game as first team manager and to join us all for a drink in the clubhouse afterwards to celebrate the last 6 years. The game is a 3pm KO against our friends from AFC Varndeanians and is free entry for all.
Steyning will be advertising the vacant first team manager position in the coming days and will look to make the appointment during May to allow plenty of time for planning for the 22/23 season and beyond for the incoming manager.
Good luck and thank-you Gerry, from all your friends at STCFC.