Diss Town will remain patient in pursuit of new manager
Diss Town are on the lookout for their sixth manager since the start of 2017 following Steve Eastaugh’s decision to return to Norwich United.
Eastaugh took charge of the Tangerines in February – initially until the end of the campaign – when the situation was to be reviewed.
However, he was only in the dugout for three Thurlow Nunn League First Division North games – all defeats – before Covid-19 resulted in leagues at Steps 3-7 being declared null and void by the FA.
Speaking to the Express in April following that verdict, Eastaugh revealed he would hold talks with Diss officials later in the summer to discuss plans for the future.
It is our understanding that one conversation did take place in recent weeks, but the lure of heading back to Plantation Park – where he had managed for two years from 2016 – proved too strong for Eastaugh.
Diss chairman Steve Flatman said: “It was not unexpected but things have happened a bit quickly.
“When news came through that the Norwich manager was moving on it did look like something that could happen.
“There is no axe to grind with Steve. He didn’t get a fair crack of the whip because football stopped.
“It is a sad loss but we cannot stop him from wanting to go higher.”
Attention now switches to the identity of Diss’ next boss – a position that has been held by Ross Potter, Paul Bugg, Jason Cook, Jon Abbott and Eastaugh in the last three years.
Flatman has revealed a number of potential candidates have made known their interest in the job, but with non-league football currently halted, the club intend to use the time to adopt a thorough process.
“We have to look forward now and that is something we are already doing,” added Flatman.
“We have been inundated with people getting in contact, even within 24 hours of the news that Steve was going back to Norwich.
“This break will allow us to take our time and not rush anything.
“We can spend more time interviewing people and it also allows us as a club the time to sit down and discuss a lot of things, including budgets.
“That way we will be able to talk openly and honestly during the interviews and agree on a way to take things forward.”
Flatman went on to add that interviews are likely to get under way next week.
Meanwhile, for Eastaugh, the move re-unites him with a club he guided to a ninth-placed finish in the Isthmian League North Division in 2016/17.
The following season ended in relegation, but he did guide them to Norfolk Senior Cup glory at the expense of Dereham Town before stepping down.
He told Norwich’s website: “It’s great to be back at Plantation Park. I’m really looking forward to getting started and I’m grateful to the chairman for this opportunity.
“I’ve inherited a really talented group of players and I’d like to thank Cedric (Anselin, former manager) for all the obvious hard work he has put in, to give us a fantastic platform to take things forward.”
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