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John Carey steps down

(April 29, 2022)

Sidley United FC can today confirm that John Carey has stepped down from his role as first team manager following the conclusion of the 2021/22 season.

John took over the reins in 2017 following a successful period under former joint managers Adam Day and Owen Ball. In his first campaign, he steered the club to a third place finish in the East Sussex Football League before winning the title the following season - after which the club joined the Mid Sussex Football League in the Championship Division.

The 2019/20 season saw Sidley crowned winners despite Covid affecting the end of the campaign and the side were promoted into the Premier Division. The 2020/21 season had the Blues on course to win the title in our maiden campaign before a significant break in the season due to COVID rather derailed their bid.

This season, John has been at the helm as the Blues successfully clinched the Premier Division title and also secured the Sussex FA Intermediate Cup for the second time in the club's history.

As the club cannot play County League football at Little Common, John has decided now is the time to step down. There is a longer term plan for the club to get their own ground back which will enable us to play Senior football but until this happens the club is unable to go higher than Step 7.

A fiercely determined character, John has striven to bring success to the club throughout his reign and we thank him for everything he has done for us during his time at the club and wishes him well in his future endeavours.

The club is now actively looking for a new management team to lead us for next season. Those interested should contact the club directly.

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