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Management duo step down

By Tom Howe 17th May 2017

Management duo step down
EXIT DOOR: Manager Jamie Lowry (pictured) is leaving along with his assistant Russ Milsom

GODOLPHIN Atlantic are on the lookout for a new management team after confirming both boss Jamie Lowry and assistant Russ Milsom have stepped down from their roles.

Speaking to the NewquayVoice, the club’s director of football Derek Martin confirmed that Lowry, who made over 130 Football League appearances during injury hit spells at Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle, had signalled his intent to focus on a return to the professional game following successful knee surgery in December 2016.

Milsom, who transitioned from the pitch to the dugout alongside former teammate Lowry, will also be leaving after the pair led Godolphin to a 13th place finish in the South West Peninsula League (SWPL) Premier Division during their sole season in charge.

Having rebuilt the team, putting a large emphasis on emerging local talent, Lowry and Milsom were unbeaten against rivals Newquay, taking six points off them in the league and managing to knock their neighbours out of the Walter C Parson Cup.

Despite contributing much both on and off the field for the G over the past few years, the opportunity of a potential return to the big time was too strong to turn down for 30-year-old Lowry, with Martin saying: “Jamie has stepped down from his position as first team manager. Jamie underwent knee surgery several months ago to repair the ligament damage which ended his professional playing career prematurely a few years ago. The operation was a success and Jamie has taken the decision that he now wants to throw all his energy into trying to resurrect his pro playing career.

“Although he is going on 30-years-old he has always looked after himself, he doesn’t drink or smoke and is more like a 26-year-old compared with most people of his age so he has every chance of getting another break. He really wants to give it another go now that his knee is right and everybody at the club will be rooting for him to get another bite at the cherry.

“He told us what he was thinking months ago so we have had time to get our heads around it and put some groundwork in to find his replacement. Hopefully we will be able to make an announcement very soon. We thank Jamie for his all his effort and commitment, not just as first team manager but also for role he has played over the last three years or so developing our youth section.

“Russell Milsom is also stepping down from the assistant managers role so we would like to thank Russ for all his effort and commitment over the past 12 months.”

After winning six of their opening seven SWPL fixtures, the G Army finished the 2016-17 league season with a record of 13 victories, three draws and 22 defeats, reaching the third and second rounds of the Walter C Parson and Cornwall Senior Cups respectively.

Highlights included wins over top five outfits St Austell and Exmouth Town as well as the thrilling 6-3 triumph over relegated St Blazey, although these were somewhat tapered by five goal defeats against Plymouth Argyle, Saltash United and Cullompton Rangers.

Early frontrunners mooted for the job include Martin himself, someone who gave 12 years of service as manager at Godolphin Way, overseeing the team’s meteoric rise from junior football to the Peninsula League. Other names include popular former Godolphin player and assistant Jake Hartigan as well as ex-Helston Athletic boss Steve ‘Sid’ Taylor and Phil Lafferty, previously assistant manager at Newquay, who led St Austell to the 2014–15 SWPL Premier Division crown.

By Tom Howe 17th May 2017

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