Holyport take voluntary relegation and announce Rake as new manager

Holyport take voluntary relegation and announce Rake as new manager

Graeme Copas

Holyport FC management celebrate winning the treble at the end of the 2010/11 season.

Holyport FC have taken voluntary relegation and will play in the Hellenic League Division 1 East next season.

The club has also announced its reserve side's management quartet will take over 1st team responsibilities led by former Maidenhead United midfielder Barry Rake.

Holyport has spent four season in the Hellenic League Premier Division under firstly Derek Sweetman and then Martin Kenealy.

However, Kenealy's decision to step down at the end of last season, and the inability of the club to find an immediate replacement, led to Holyport asking the league to allow it to drop down a division.

The club set out its reasons for making such a drastic action in a statement.

It reads: "Barry Rake will be manager with Dan Wake and John Brennan as assistant managers leaving Chris Pope to take up the important role as coach.

"The committee would like to thank all the applicants that applied for the role, but after moving down a division it was felt that current team had all the credentials to make a successful transition to Division 1.

"The committee met with the new management team last week and have been speaking to the club sponsors to advise them of the reasons to take a voluntary drop before releasing the news.

"The club would like to put on record their thanks to Martin Kenealy, Derek Sweetman, the staff and players who kept Holyport in the Premier Division during the four seasons since gaining promotion.

"The circumstances of the committee have changed and not all can commit to life in the Premier Division and it was decided that the club should take a step back and strengthen the committee and their links to the local clubs to help aid our position within the community."

It continues: "The club made the league aware of their decision to review their league status on May 18 and asked if a drop down would be supported.

"The club were informed that following a league executive meeting on May 28 the club would be placed in the Division 1 East.

"Whilst the final decision was taken out of the clubs hands, it has been decided that this is in the best interests of the club as we celebrate our 60th season since reforming after the World War II this season.

"The club are committed to improving facilities at Summerleaze VIllage and hope that strengthening the committee will mean we can concentrate on previous areas which have been neglected over the past few seasons."

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