All change at Exmouth Town

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 10 June 2010

THERE is a new man in charge at South West Peninsula League Eastern Division Exmouth Town following the appointment of Jody Bolt to lead the side into the coming season.

THERE is a new man in charge at South West Peninsula League Eastern Division Exmouth Town following the appointment of Jody Bolt to lead the side into the coming season.Bolt has not had far to move for last season he was in charge at Exmouth Amateurs who had looked for so long as if they would claim a top two finish and with it a place in the Peninsula League before they fell away in the closing weeks.Bolt says of his new appointment: "It was with great sadness that I left Ammies and I sincerely hope that players and the club officials understand my decision to leave and they can rest assured that it was not one that I made lightly. I informed the club's chairman of my decision before anyone else knew about the whole business as I was keen to avoid all sorts of speculation."Town's new boss continued: "I am very proud of what we achieved last season at Ammies' and, although it was a huge disappointment not to be promoted, I still consider it to be a great accomplishment that we so nearly achieved what not many gave us any chance of doing at the start of the campaign. We simply ran out of steam in the end and that, coupled with unavailability at crucial times of key players, meant we were just not quite good enough. I would like to make the point that I had I not been offered this opportunity with Exmouth Town I would most certainly have been back at Ammies plotting another crack at reaching the next stage of the football pyramid, and it goes without saying that I wish all at that club the very best for the coming season."Bolt has an extensive contact box and an undying determination to succeed in the game and these will have been qualities that Town will have been looking for when they sought a successor to Chris Dowling who stepped back from running the 1st team at the end of last season.Bolt says: "I feel that I have earned the right to be given the opportunity of managing what is without doubt the biggest club in East Devon. I have served a long and fruitful apprenticeship in Devon and Exeter League football and I simply cannot wait to get started with this project. Exmouth Town have already got a good core team with some tidy additions and one or two players from local league sides who are currently playing way below their potential and I think we will be very capable of competing next term. There are so many great players within Exmouth and the surrounding area and it has always been my wish to place them all in ONE TEAM but for one reason or another I have never been able to achieve this, but definitely feel I have now got the best chance as quite simply Exmouth Town offer the best that local football has!Mike Gibbins is going to be the new man's assistant and Bolt will also be looking to Bob Chard and Dave Butler together with the introduction of Andrew Roberts and Debbie Butler, as commercial managers for the club, to help create something very special on and off the Southern Road pitch.Scott Walker will be coaching the side throughout the coming campaign and the future looks very promising at the club.Training begins on Wednesday, June 24, at the club when all old and prospective new players will be made most welcome.Town Chairman Roger Davies is delighted with the appointment. He says: "We are thrilled, Jody is clearly someone with a serious passion for the game and, at this stage, that is what we need for I have no doubt that he will regard this is a real challenge. What we want is to get the Football Club back on the road in terms of winning football matches and that is what the new man is tasked with. We have another team of people who will see to everything else beyond the action on the pitch and I have no doubt that he (Bolt) is going to do well for us. He has extensive contacts and did such a wonderful job at Exmouth Amateurs, and hopefully some of that achievement will rub off onto our club. I am very excited about this. Thanks must also be recorded to Chris Dowling, who did such a fantastic job for the club over many moons and I am delighted that he, as a good friend of mine, will now have more time to stand with me on the touchline cheering our side on!

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