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New boss for Bungay Town

PUBLISHED: 15:55 04 June 2010 | UPDATED: 09:46 01 August 2010

New Bungay manager Kevin Gook is welcomed to Maltings Meadow.

New Bungay manager Kevin Gook is welcomed to Maltings Meadow.

BUNGAY Town FC have appointed former Lowestoft Town Reserves' manager Kevin Gook as new first team manager.

It is a key appointment for the ambitious Anglian Combination Division One outfit keen to gain promotion to the Premier Division next season.

BUNGAY Town FC have appointed former Lowestoft Town Reserves' manager Kevin Gook as new first team manager.

It is a key appointment for the ambitious Anglian Combination Division One outfit keen to gain promotion to the Premier Division next season. Gook comes with a proven track record, having had five successful trophy winning seasons as boss of the Blues' reserves.

He stood down at the end of the season which has just ended, and Bungay chairman Jon Fuller said in announcing the appointment:

“It has been made following a difficult end to the previous season and I am certain that Kevin will bring much needed experience to the playing structure of the club. I am extremely pleased that we have secured the services of such a proven manager and I am sure our existing players will respond positively to this good news.”

Gook said: “I am extremely grateful to Lowestoft Town for giving me the opportunity to work with such quality players and experienced management. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, value the experience I gained and wish them every success in the future.”Last season his Lowestoft Reserves team won the Ridgeons Reserve League Championship playoff against Hadleigh, the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup against Haverhill and were also winners of the Ridgeons Reserve League North Division. He has a track record of developing talented young players and giving youth its chance in his senior teams.

“I parted company with Lowestoft Town on good terms as they understood I was seeking a fresh challenge,” said. “I believe Bungay Town has the potential to reach new levels but the first objective is to be competitive with the other successful teams in the local area. I understand the nature of the task I am taking on but, with the backing of an ambitious committee and hard work during the pre-season by the players, we can take the first steps to achieving our goals this year.”

Bungay finished a disappointing 12th in the table last season, having had two changes of manager. Mike Derbyshire left in mid-season to join Gorleston and his successor, Bob Hepburn left after only 10 games. For the last few games of the campaign Graham Mickleburgh and Mick Simpson took over as caretaker managers.

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