Hellenic League side Longlevens have confirmed that acting manager Craig Martin will oversee first team duties in full until further notice.
Martin, who is the Hellenic Premier’s player/assistant manager, has been in charge of the first team for the last number of games after first team manager Mark Moore was rushed in to hospital after a training session several weeks ago.
Speaking exclusively to Severn Sport, Martin has issued the following:
“Firstly, we want to go on record to say that this isn’t a long term decision. At the moment Mark’s health comes first. With the unfortunate events that have happened I am stepping into the manager’s role until Mark is fit and well enough to make a decision on what he wants to do with the team and with himself. The club as a whole are 100% behind Mark and we will love and support him all the way and will always respect his wishes.”
Since Craig Martin has taken the reigns on an interim basis he has been helped and aided by first team coaches Tommy Callinan & Darrell Long and they will also continue to assist the first team for the remainder of the season. Martin has also brought former Gloucester City U18s assistant Tim Hall back into the backroom staff for additional experience.
Under Martin’s stewardship so far Longlevens haven’t registered a league win as they languish at the bottom of the Hellenic Premier – but after picking up a hard fought 3-0 win away at Ardley United in the cup on Saturday, Martin has admitted just how hard his new role has been.
“It was very hard being honest. I’ve played such a big part on the pitch for a long time now so it wasn’t easy to just go ahead and say ‘I’ll do it’ because the want to play is still there. But now it is all about me doing my best to keep this side in the league, doing my best to continue to bring through the next generation and if that means not playing as much then that is the way it will be.”
Longlevens welcome Windsor to Saw Mills in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday (weather permitting) and will be hoping that now the immediate future of the managerial position will provide more stability as they look to get back to winning ways and fight their way out of potential relegation.
Everyone at Severn Sport wishes Mark Moore the best in his road to recovery. We miss seeing him at games and will always be grateful to him for the support and professionalism he has shown towards us in the last 18 months.