Sheringham FC name new management team

Sheringham Football Club will be hoping for a change in fortune next season after naming a new managerial team.

The Shannocks have appointed former Wroxham pair Steve Furlong and Andy Baker to look after the first team, who avoided relegation from the Premier Division of the Anglian Combination by the skin of their teeth last term.

Furlong had a long, distinguished and successful career at Wroxham as a player and as assistant manager. Baker also managed the Reserves to Sterry Cup glory in 2008, and had a brief spell in charge of the Yachtsmen's first team, so the club is in expert hands.

After a successful period where the club won the Sterry Cup and reached the Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road, the past four seasons has seen a merry-go-round of managers through the door at Sheringham.

Last season saw the club managerless again early in the campaign when Ben Price decided to call it a day with his team struggling for results.

John Kowalyk and Kristian Gleave stepped in to once again help the club in its hour of need, and inspired a modest upturn in for]tunes that was enough for the Shannocks to retain their top flight status.

Results tailed off towards the end of the season, but with North Walsham also struggling they managed to finish third from bottom in the table.

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Furlong and Baker are constructing a squad to mount a challenge for honours, with several experienced players signing on and along with some of the local talent they have been training for the past three weeks, together with a boxing gym session every Thursday, the emphasis being on fitness levels.

In their quest to provide football at all levels the club have started an 'A' side that will play in the North East Norfolk league.

Together with the under-18s, who compete in the Thurlow Nunn Floodlight league, the club now have a ladder platform for young players to develop and progress their football. Pre-season continues every Tuesday and Thursday and all new and old players are welcome to attend.

The club's final friendly is on Saturday August 10 against Thurlow Nunn side Great Yarmouth Town in the annual Michael Wright Charity Cup fixture (3pm).

Meanwhile Cedric Anselin has followed former Cromer Town boss Chris Wigger through the exit door at Cabbell Park.

Wigger called it a day last month after four successful years in charge which brought two Anglian Combination Premier Division triumphs.

Ex-Canary Anselin played a key role in those successes as assistant manager but he has also left the club to take a fresh challenge at Gorleston.

'I wanted to bring someone in to do the coaching because being a non-league manager is a pretty all encompassing job,' said the Greens' boss Stu Larter.

'I wanted someone who knows the lads at the club and he does. He's got massive experience, has served his time at Cromer and knew Kevin Gook (assistant) very well.'