Shock at Potters Bar Town as Duncan and Murray depart for Chesham United

PUBLISHED: 10:58 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 18 October 2018

Potters Bar Town have been left shocked as manager James Duncan leaves for Chesham United. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Potters Bar Town have been left shocked as manager James Duncan leaves for Chesham United. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Potters Bar Town have been rocked by the news that manager James Duncan and first team coach Michael Murray are leaving to take up the reins at Chesham United.

Michael Murray will join James Duncan as joint first-team manager at Chesham United. Picture: KARYN HADDONMichael Murray will join James Duncan as joint first-team manager at Chesham United. Picture: KARYN HADDON

The appointment came out of the blue and will see the duo become joint-managers at the Southern Premier League South Division side.

Under Duncan’s guidance the Scholars climbed out of the Bostik North Division last season to their highest ever league standing in the Bostik Premier Division.

And a solid start means Duncan and Murray leave with the club seventh in the table.

They take over from Jon Meakes who resigned at the end of last month.

A statement on Potters Bar’s website said: “Whilst we are disappointed at the timing, we are extremely grateful for his services and achievements with the Club and wish him well.

“We are taking positive steps, with an important game at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday and regarding the appointment of a new manager.”

That added that director of football Steve Ringrose and captain Lee O’Leary will take temporary charge of all team affairs and match day duties for the forthcoming games.

Speaking of Chesham’s website, Duncan said: “The opportunity to manage a club like Chesham was simply too great to not want to take on.

“Last weekend’s large crowd at The Meadow highlighted the potential this club has and having spoken with the board, the vision for the future is very much something that Michael and I want to be a part of and we feel that we can play a significant role in taking Chesham United forward.

“We have a very clear short-term goal that we are immediately working towards and a longer-term plan for the future of the club.

“We look forward to keeping supporters further updated as we start to settle into our new positions.”

They take over with Chesham rock bottom of the league and reeling from a 7-0 drubbing at Beaconsfield Town on Tuesday.

Meanwhile back at the Pakex the new manager search begins immediately with any interested parties invited to contact chairman Peter Waller or email pbftc@aol.com

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