WESTERN League big-hitters Dawlish Town have been stung by the resignation of popular player-manager Chris Myers.
The former Torquay United, Exeter City and Dundee United midfielder is leaving Sandy Lane in order to reduce the time he spends away from his family, who are based in Southport, Lancashire. The 39-year old steered the Seasiders to victory in the Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup last season and to second place in the Western League Premier Division – behind only big- spending Truro City.
Myers had spent three seasons in charge of Dawlish, whose general manager Derek Spence said: “Travelling is the only issue involved. He wants to spend more time with his wife and family, and that wasn't always possible with living so far away. The club is very sad to see him go, and everyone at the club wishes him well.” Coach Adam Kerswell has been placed in caretaker control of the south Devon side.
Former Dawlish, Exeter City and Tiverton Town striker Jamie Mudge could be on his way to Southern League club Dorchester Town.
The 25-year-old played for the Seasiders last term, when he also turned out for the Grecians' reserves on a non-contract basis. He said: “Dorchester have shown a bit of interest, and it is just whether things can get sorted out and whether we can have a meeting. Not a lot has been sorted, and I've also got to weigh up the options.”
Ex-Wimbledon, Birmingham City and Torquay striker John Gayle has been chosen as the new manager of South West Peninsula League Premier Division outfit Newton Abbot in succession to Tony Bowker, who led the side to promotion from Division One East last season.
Last term Gayle was boss of Totnes and Dartington, whom he led to victory in the Devon Football Association Premier Cup. He will take charge of his new team against Blue Square Premier club Torquay in a pre-season friendly at Coach Road on Tuesday, July 15 (7.30pm).
Cullompton Rangers' new manager, former Exeter striker Richard Pears, has signed seven players from his previous club, Exmouth Town.
Former Exmouth captain Kerry Butler has made the switch to Speeds Meadow, along with Chris Eveleigh, Andy Rollason, Paul Dugard, Danny Burwood, Tom Lowe and Matt Dawson. Pears said: “We're setting a high standard at Cullompton by signing up-and-coming players.
“I believe they are good enough to step up and do well at a higher level, and it's an ideal opportunity for them to show that. But they definitely won't be guaranteed a first-team place just because I know them already. Everyone in the squad will have to work hard to earn a place.”
Lee Annunziata, Pears' number two at Exmouth, has also moved to Cullompton. The exodus has not gone down well with Exmouth chairman Roger Davis, who said: “Losing our manager was a big blow but to then lose so many of our playing squad as well just makes it all the worse.” Pears insisted that matters had been handled in the proper way.
“It was important to us that we did this in the right manner, and so that's what we did,” Pears said. “We gave Exmouth the opportunity to talk to each of them before we made any approach. The signings were all up front and above board.”
ST BLAZEY have named former Holsworthy joint-manager Bobby Oaten as their new first-team boss, in succession to Dave Philp.
PENZANCE have signed former St Blazey, Erith & Belvedere and Tonbridge Angels midfielder Mark Vercesi from Truro City.
WADEBRIDGE TOWN manager Stuart Dudley has augmented his squad by signing Millbrook midfielder Chris Yeatman, Holsworthy central defender Virgil Igalawuye and Newquay midfielder Patrick Rushton.