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Urchins boss McFarlane resigns

PUBLISHED: 12:16 25 November 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during AFC Hornchurch vs Harrow Borough, Emirates FA Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 8th September 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during AFC Hornchurch vs Harrow Borough, Emirates FA Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 8th September 2018

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AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane has resigned from his role after 10 years in charge of the club.

Hornchurch celebrate promotion back to the Bostik Premier (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).Hornchurch celebrate promotion back to the Bostik Premier (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

The long-serving boss offered his resignation after a miserable run of form in the Bostik Premier Division following their 3-1 defeat to Haringey Borough yesterday.

Club chairman Alex Sharp relunctantly accepted his desire to step down - despite bringing the club success by winning the Bostik North last term to earn them promotion to the Bostik Premier.

The chairman’s statement said: “Jim felt the time was right to stand down and allow someone else to come into the club and move us forward with their own ideas and methods and so today we start the search for a manager who will help us shape the future of the club going forward.

“During this period, Colin McBride will take charge of 1st team affairs as it is important to us that we take our time in finding the right person to fill the massive gap that will be left by Jim.

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane celebrates winning the Ryman League Play-Off final in May 2012 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane celebrates winning the Ryman League Play-Off final in May 2012 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“It is very difficult to put into words how much respect and love we at the club have for Jim and knowing how much this club means to him makes us realise how difficult a decision this will have been, we are forever grateful for everything he has done for us, getting us to where we are today and setting the standard for non-league football managers across the country.

“It is a very sad day for the club, but we thank Jim for the massive contribution he has put into AFC Hornchurch and are very hopeful that he will remain involved, as Jim’s values and standards are exactly what we will be looking for in our next manager.”

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