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A new era at New Street
11:13am Friday 4th October 2013 in Football
LEDBURY Town Football Club have begun a new era with a change of manager and chairman at New Street.
Paul Mann has taken over as boss after Phil Preedy resigned due to work commitments, while Colin Brandt is the new chief on the board.
The West Midlands League Division One outfit thrashed Hereford Lads Club 6-2 to move up to fifth in the table ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Trysull (3pm).
The success was particularly sweet for Mann, 49, who said: “I started my playing career at Lads Club and you always hold that in your heart, so I am delighted to have beaten them.
“I offered to give Phil a hand at the start of the season. I never imagined getting this job. I want to connect the reserve team with the juniors and we need to get the reserves into the Herefordshire League Premier Division. The chairman is very supportive.
“I have come in with some new ideas and the players have been working very hard.”
Mann, who has lived in Ledbury for three years, was previously involved with Kington Town, Pegasus Juniors, Westfields and Mercia Athletic. He played for Hinton, Fownhope, Ewyas Harold and Llandrindod Wells.
New chairman Brandt has replaced Andy Kibble after being involved with Town for about eight years. Steve Watkins is the new vicechairman.
Brandt said: “I never played football but played rugby for Ledbury and have changed sports.
“Andy gave the club plenty of notice he was stepping down after two years and it was a nice honour for me to be asked by the committee.
“I was happy to take on the role. We have formed a new committee and got lots of new ideas.
“We have stepped up from Division Two and it would be nice to be in contention at the top of Division One at the end of the season.”
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