Cinderford Town have confirmed that Paul Michael and Andrew Smith have stepped down from their roles as Manager and Assistant Manager on Wednesday evening.
Michael, who took charge of Cinderford in 2016, will be joined by Smith at Yate Town in the Southern League Premier Division for the 2020/21 season and in a statement released by the Foresters, he thanked everyone at the club and in particular Chairman, Stuart Tait.
Michael’s statement reads:
“I’d like to thank everyone at Cinderford Town for the support you have given Smudge and I over the past 3 and half years. I’m very proud of the job that we have done, all together, as a club, on and off the field over that time with so much hard work. We have had some great moments and good times, I leave with very fond memories.
I’d like to make public a special personal thanks to Stuart Tait with whom I’ve worked closely throughout my tenure, our relationship has been very positive and I have always felt supported. Stuart and the committee gave me the opportunity to manage Cinderford Town, an opportunity I have thoroughly enjoyed and a role I will always be proud to have held.
I’d like to thank the supporters who followed us everywhere from wet & wild Tuesday’s to sunny afternoons on The Causeway to cheer us on, thank you. To every player that has worn a Cinderford Town shirt during my tenure, whether you played one minute or almost every game, I’m so proud that you chose to work with us, I’ve learnt from you and loved working with you. Kevin Brain has been the most committed staff member you can ask for going over and above time and time again, he’s played no small part in our group, thank you Kev.
To everyone behind the scenes who I will contact privately, the hard work that goes on to put Cinderford on the footing that it is doesn’t go unnoticed, you are the heart of the club. You are the people that make the football club, it is your club and I wish you every success in the future.”
In their time at the club Michael and Smith lead Cinderford to their equal best FA Cup run since 1995/96 during the 2017/18 season and also oversaw the Foresters’ best FA Trophy run since 2004/05, when they reached the 3rd Qualifying Round during the 2019/20 season.
Following the news everyone at Severn Sport would like to thank both Paul Michael and Andrew Smith for their support and help over the years and we wish them the best of luck at their new club.