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Shone steps down after successful two-season stint as Burnham boss

Paul Shone celebrates Burnham’s title win with captain Ashley James

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Paul Shone is stepping down as Burnham boss due to a change in his work commitments which means he no longer has the time to give the role everything it needs.

A few heads were turned when Shone stepped into the Blues hot-seat just over two seasons ago, but in that time he’s guided the club to promotion from the Hellenic League Division 1 East and established it as a force to be reckoned with in the Premier Division.

The highlight of his time at The Gore came in the season before last when he lifted the Division 1 East title in his first full season in charge. After a poor start to last season in the Hellenic Premier Division Shone managed to turn the club’s form around, and they were pushing for a top four finish when the campaign was brought to its abrupt conclusion before being voided.

Reflecting on his decision yesterday (Thursday), Shone said: “I’m gutted to be honest, but obviously your home life and your business have to come first. Football is a hobby at this level, even though I give it as much of my time as I possibly can.

“Due to the situation we’re in I just don’t have the time to spend away from my work and family to justify it and manage a team successfully.

“I need to be in it to win it and I don’t think I’m going to be able to give my all to it. That’s the reason behind my decision. It’s a tough one to take but it’s one I have to do. I’m gutted because it’s a great club and there are some great people running the club. We have a good side, a close-knit group and I feel that we could have kicked on this season.

“But I had to be honest and up front with the chairman (Glenn Skivington) and it feels like the right decision to stand aside and let someone be fully committed going forward.”

After informing the chairman of his decision this week, Shone posted a message on social media yesterday (Thursday) explaining his reasons for standing down and thanking ‘everyone who has helped him out during his time in charge.’ He said he’d be happy to help out and give advice on his successor and believes whoever takes on the role will have a great chance to take the club forward.

“You’re only as good as the players and the people around you,” he added. “And lucky enough we’ve been successful. We’ve had very good people behind the scenes and some very good people on the pitch who’ve helped us achieve what we’ve achieved.

Shone also added that if his circumstances change, he might be persuaded back into football in some guise in the years to come.

“The club will go in the right direction because there are good people behind it. I’ll walk away proud and I’ve enjoyed every second of being involved there. We’ve had a promotion (as champions), a cup final, great FA Cup runs. It’s been enjoyable, but the club will move on and someone will come in and carry it forward.

“I have a great relationship with the people at the club. If they need advice or are speaking with anyone I’m here to help and I’ve spoken with Glenn about that this morning. They might appoint from within, who knows. If they need a helping hand I’m always on the phone and I’ll be getting down there this season to watch a few matches for sure.

He added: “Football is in my blood. I may come back to it. At what level and in what capacity? Who knows. But at present my other priorities have to come first. In six months, a year, 18 months the situation might be difference. Never say never, but I’ve got to look after this situation first and then we’ll see what happens. But for the moment, football has to be pushed aside while I look at other things.”

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