Ian Cotton has this morning announced that he will step down as first team manager of Clipstone F.C. with immediate effect.
“After thinking long and hard, I have decided to step down as first team manager of Clipstone F.C. Since taking over last year I hope that myself, the staff and the players have left the club with memories of some strong passionate performances and reaching the second preliminary rounds of the F.A. Cup & F.A. Vase.”
“I have assembled a group of players that are mainly from my previous club Blidworth Welfare as well as other local clubs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players for the support they have showed for the club and myself under difficult circumstances. They have given it their all for myself and the club ”.
Cotton, just one year into his post, brought the majority of his team from former club Blidworth Welfare when the Cobras hit a crisis point last January nearly dropping out of the NCEL altogether. Vice-Chairman Andy Sumner said:
“Firstly, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Ian and his management team for all of their support over the past 12 months. Ian has been an incredible support to the club and one of the best “club men” you could ever wish for, and we are sad that he was unable to bring us the success he desperately wanted for the club. Certainly luck hasn’t gone our way this season. Without Ian and the team we possibly wouldn’t have a team competing at this level. He came in and stabilised the club at a very difficult time. I will be always indebted to his and everyone’s support. We hope Ian will be able to continue to play a role at the club and he will always be welcome here. We owe a lot to Ian, his management and also the players of who we hope will continue at the club ”
The Clipstone F.C. committee would like to thank Ian for all of his efforts and hard work whilst manager.