Appleford calls it a day at Hall

Mark Westley Photography'Mildenhall Town V Kirkley and Pakefield.'Mildenhall manager Christian Appleyard. ANL-141116-094840009
Mark Westley Photography'Mildenhall Town V Kirkley and Pakefield.'Mildenhall manager Christian Appleyard. ANL-141116-094840009
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Christian Appleford has insisted it was his decision to stand down as Mildenhall Town boss.

The 36-year-old announced he would be leaving the Recreation Way outfit after four-and-a-half years in charge following their 2-1 defeat against Haverhill Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday.

Following his decision, Appleford has made it clear there was no pressure from the powers above for him to vacate the role due to Town’s poor run of form, which has seen them win just one of their last six league matches.

“I always said that this would be my last season at Mildenhall as five years for any person at one club is long enough,” said Appleford. “I just felt this was the right time to leave and for the club to bring in someone new and get things sorted properly before the start of next season.

“While the results of late have been disappointing, I was not forced or pushed out it was all my decision.”

Although matters on the pitch have not been great of late, the former Stowmarket Town boss, who took over at the helm of the Suffolk side back at the start of the 2010/11 season, will leave with many fond memories.

“Winning the Cambs Invitation Cup in my first season was special as we played some tremendous football that night,” said Appleford. “We have had some other great results in the league like beating Wroxham 4-1 when they were champions and playing them off the park, and beating Wisbech Town 9-0.

“I have definitely left the club in a better state than when I took over.

“There is a good squad of players there and the club is now financially stable.”

The club announced yesterday that former Haverhill Rovers boss Dean Greygoose will become their interim manager, starting with Saturday’s home game against Thetford Town (3pm).