Framlingham Town promote Abraham to be new manager
Liam Abraham has been named as Mel Aldis’ successor at Framlingham Town and will take the club into their first ever season in the Premier Division of the Eastern Counties League.
Abraham has been promoted after spending a season as both the Reserves and Under-18s manager, with four years at the helm as Under-18s manager.
James Cantrell, assistant manager under Aldis, said it was a ‘natural progression’ for the 29-year-old, who is still registered as a player for the club.
Local lad Abraham will bring in his own assistant this summer, with Cantrell moving to the club’s committee.
It marks the ‘start of a new chapter’ in Framlingham’s football story after Aldis steered them to a best ever second-place finish and promotion to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division in his final season.
They also progressed to the preliminary round of the FA Cup last season – in their first appearance in the national competition – before losing 1-0 to higher-league Mildenhall Town.
His appointment follows a plan by the club’s committee to reward loyalty and hard work of those involved with the club, as they are determined to keep the ‘core’ of a team ‘that got us here’.
“Liam is very young but he already has a lot of experience,” Cantrell said. “He was the perfect fit for the job and the vision we have for the club going forward.
“We want to keep the core of the team together; the players that got us here, and by keeping it internal we’re helping to do that.
“If we’d brought in someone from outside, they would have brought some players and risked pushing some of ours out, and that’s not what we want.
“There’s been a great response from the players and club to this; it’s a popular decision.”
Abraham, who made four appearances last term for the first team, said he was ‘very pleased’ to get the top job and wants to carry on the ‘great work’ already in place.
He said: “I back the club’s aims, the first of which is to keep the players as we step up and not let them get tempted away.
“I bring stability too which is important to maintain the ethos and can help build a better link between our thriving youth squads and the first team.
“It’s exciting rather than daunting.”
Abraham will officially take the reins at the end of the month, ahead of a number of yet to be determined pre-season friendlies.