Adam Gusterson departs as manager of Thurlow Nunn League First Division North leaders Harleston Town
Adam Gusterson has left his role as manager of Harleston Town to take charge of his former club Dereham Town.
Gusterson – along with his assistant Olly Willis – came in at The Rec in 2015 and under his guidance the team has gone from strength to strength, culminating in last season's Anglian Combination Premier Division and Mummery Cup double.
Harleston also looked to be on course for back-to-back promotions under Gusterson's management, with the team currently sitting seven points clear at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North standings.
However, the club is now on the hunt for a new boss, with Gusterson opting to join Dereham in their fight for survival in the Bostik League North Division. The Magpies are currently bottom of the table, three points from safety.
Speaking to the Express, Gusterson, who won the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division and two Norfolk Senior Cups as a player with Dereham, said: "This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make in football. It is only Dereham that could have lured us away.
"Harleston is a great club with some incredible people and to come away from that is difficult. But Dereham is a massive club and if we did not take the opportunity I think we would be wondering what if. When that happens, moving on is the right decision, no matter how hard it is.
"It is a great opportunity for Olly and myself in the Bostik North. It is a great level and we believe we can keep the club in the division."
Meanwhile, a Harleston statement read: "The club are sad to announce the imminent departures of our first team management staff, Adam Gusterson, Olly Willis and Chris Linehan.
"The trio have been offered an incredible opportunity at a higher level and they leave the club with our blessing and best wishes. We will forever be grateful for their incredible achievements at the club, cumulating in the Sterry and Mummerry cup double last season.
"They leave the team in a fantastic position at the top of the Thurlow Nunn First Division and will always be welcome back at the club. A further statement will be released in due course regarding the vacant management position."
* For more details on Gusterson's departure, see this week's Express print edition.