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Leon Moore explains why he resigned as manger of Thurlow Nunn League First Division North side Debenham LC




‘It is the right time’ – that was Leon Moore’s response when asked why he had decided to resign as manager of Debenham LC.

The former Stowmarket Town coach took charge of the Hornets in September 2017 and he guided the club to a seventh-placed finish in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division last term.

However, after winning back-to-back games against Ipswich Wanderers on Boxing Day and Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves on Saturday, Moore has opted to stand down from his post with Debenham 11th in the First Division North.

Leon Moore
Leon Moore

“It is the right time to step away. It is not a decision I have taken lightly but this is the best decision,” he said.

“It has been an interesting 18 months and I would like to think the club has stabilised during my time.

“I am gutted because the club has been a big part of my life but I had to make this decision now – it had been coming for a little while.”

Moore has been at the helm during an interesting – and at times testing – period for the club, which included working for two chairmen and committees, as well as an administrative error meaning that his side could not play in FA competitions this term.

MDEP-11-09-2018-005 sp Debenham manager leon Moore congratulates his team. (6302794)
MDEP-11-09-2018-005 sp Debenham manager leon Moore congratulates his team. (6302794)

Nevertheless, he believes that his Debenham experience will hold him in good stead for when he returns to the dugout.

“There have been a lot of ups and downs during my time at the club but on the whole I have thoroughly enjoyed it,” he added.

“I have gone through a lot of changes and at times things were tough, but I have created plenty of memories that will stick with me.

“I will take a step back, go to watch some games and spend time with my family, but I am hoping the phone rings because I do want to get back involved.

Debenham, Suffolk, 18 August 2018..Debenham LC manager Leon Moore..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6302790)
Debenham, Suffolk, 18 August 2018..Debenham LC manager Leon Moore..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6302790)

“A lot has happened during my time at Debenham and I am a better manager because of it.”

Guy Hayes, who was Moore’s assistant, will take charge on an interim basis while the club seeks a permanent successor.



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