Reluctant departure for boss Daubeney

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Former Eastbourne United boss Paul Daubeney admitted it was an extremely tough decision to call an end to his reign at the Oval.

Daubeney was forced to resign from the role due to a change in his work commitments which brought an end to his seven-year association with United.

The manager has been in charge of the first team for the last two season but prior to that he held roles with the under-14s, under-15s, the colts, the under-18s, and the reserves.

Daubeney, along with his assistant Paul Sargent, delivered trophies for the reserve team and guided the firsts to sixth placed and fourth placed finishes in County League division two - narrowly missing out on promotion on the last day of the season.

The boss took over during a low point for the club following their relegation from division one. His spell in charge brought stability and saw them improve on and off the pitch.

He said, “It was tough but I had to make an early call for the best interests of the club. I would have made the same decision had we gained promotion or not.

“I knew my work pattern was likely to change so I took this decision to give the new manager a chance to organise himself during the close season.

“Whoever comes in will have a good base to build on. The facilities at the club are much better and on the pitch the results have been more consistent.

“It’s been a great seven years and we have delivered some decent results.”

Daubeney pointed to the Sussex Senior Cup victory over Lewes as the highlight and also a 3-1 home win against promoted Littlehampton.

His division two side also ran Bognor Regis extremely close in the Senior Cup before going down 2-1. “It’s a huge commitment being a manger but results like that give you a gee-up and make it all worthwhile.”

United are said to be interested in bringing Garry Wilson to the Oval although the former Borough man is rumoured to be on the shortlist at Lewes.