Manager Paul Wright leaves North West Counties League side Rocester



Rocester have parted company with manager Paul Wright.

The Romans currently find themselves second-from-bottom of North West Counties League Division One South and exited the FA Vase at the weekend.

That has prompted the club to make a change, with Mark Grimley taking over in a caretaker capacity.

A club statement read: “Decisions like this are never easy to make, even more so in Paul’s case.

“Since taking on the role in September 2019, he has always had the club’s interests at heart.

“His enthusiasm and commitment have never been less than 100 per cent and he has been excellent to work alongside.

“However, following our disappointing start to the season and Saturday’s early exit from the FA Vase, we felt the time for a change had arrived.

“We thank Paul sincerely for his efforts over the past two years, and wish him every success in the future.

“With regards to Rocester FC’s managerial position, the club can now confirm that Mark Grimley has agreed to take over on a ‘caretaker’ basis.”

Wright, who played for Rocester for two years in the mid-90s, left his role as manager of Staffs County Senior League side Eastwood Hanley to take the job in September 2019.

His arrival sparked an upturn in fortunes before the coronavirus pandemic decimated grassroots sport.

They were moved from the Midland League to the North West Counties for this season as part of a big restructure of the non-league game.

Rocester started off the season with a 2-1 victory over Eccleshall, but then went on to lose their next six league matches.

They stopped the rot with a 1-1 draw against Brocton before springing a surprise by beating high-flying Sandbach United.

However, a 2-0 loss to Alsager was then followed by Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at AFC Bridgnorth in the FA Vase, which proved to be Wright’s final game in charge.

Despite losing seven of their 10 league matches – and only being kept off the bottom by winless St Martins, Rocester are only three points behind 11th-placed Alsager.

Grimley, who has served Rocester as a player and part of the backroom staff over the years, will start his temporary spell in charge on Saturday with a home game against mid-table Barnton.





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