PAGHAM’S manager Mark Bennett is to leave the club at the end of the season – but a replacement could be named very soon.
It’s been an up-and-down year for the Lions, who had promotion to the Ryman South top of their wishlist.
And while the club has made it to the league cup final against Haywards Heath on May 1, Pagham sit fourth in the SCFL Premier.
Despite a number of high-profile players leaving after Christmas, chairman Tony Shea has stood by Bennett all year. In a statement confirming the news, Shea said he and the board had “reluctantly accepted” the decision.
The statement said: “Mark has told the chairman that he has enjoyed his time in charge of the team and grateful for all the support he has received, but feels he needs a rest from football management generally.
“The club has reluctantly accepted Mark’s decision and will of course support him in his efforts to end the season on a high.”
Following the shock news, Pagham fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Crawley Down at home on Saturday. They return to action at Broadbridge Heath tomorrow (3pm).