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Departing Leon Moore admits it would have been tough to manage Harleston Town in the Anglian Combination League




Leon Moore has conceded that he may have struggled to take Harleston Town forward following their relegation to the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division.

Despite finishing runners-up in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North last season, Harleston were demoted back down to Step 7 over ground grading issues.

Having arrived in the Harleston dugout in February following a coaching stint at Stowmarket Town and a spell as manager of Debenham LC, Moore’s previous experience lies within Thurlow Nunn football rather than the Anglian Combination.

Football action from Harleston Town vs Diss Town FC - Harleston Manager Leon Moore..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11525491)
Football action from Harleston Town vs Diss Town FC - Harleston Manager Leon Moore..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11525491)

And after discussions with chairman Adam Mullin, it was decided that it would be best for all concerned if they parted, with the job subsequently going to Nicky Howell and Nathan Stone.

“It was a mutual decision and I wish Harleston nothing but the best. It is a great club with some great people,” said Moore.

“It would have been great to stay on but they have gone in to a league that I know nothing about.

“I do not know the players in the catchment area and I have never watched a game in that league.

“The club decided to go down a different route because of that and that is fine.

“Who knows whether I would have been able to do it. Some will think I could have and others would not have thought I could, but there are no grudges or anything like that.”

For Moore, he is looking to get back into the game at the earliest possible opportunity, and is not ruling out being an assistant if the right club came calling.

“I will have to wait to see if the phone rings,” he added.

“I am not going to rule anything out, be it getting a job as a number one or a number two.

“I am happy to listen to any club that wants to talk things through but I am aware I might have to be patient and wait until October or November time for something to happen.”

As well as finishing second last term, Harleston also won the First Division Knockout Cup with Moore in the head coach’s role.



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