Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Marine announces the acceptance by caretaker manager Sean Hessey to become the permanent manager of the Club after a brief meeting with Paul Leary and Dave McMillan after last night’s game against Curzon Ashton. Since Hessey took control of team affairs at the end of February Marine have lost just 1 game out of ten, winning five and drawing four in a heroic and continuing battle to escape the drop.
Marine currently lie in 22nd place, but now are just three points from safety with two games remaining. This coming Saturday the Mariners are at home against relegated Belper Town and the final game on 25th April is away to promotion contenders Blyth Spartans.
Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:
“The results and performances have dramatically improved during the six weeks that Sean has been in charge. When we appointed Sean as caretaker manager we asked him to bring some pride and respectability back into our team’s performances and he has certainly done that. The players have responded magnificently to the challenge and I applaud them all for what they have done. Collectively they have proved beyond doubt that they are really good players and the results sequence over the last ten games proves it. I congratulate Sean on his appointment and I look forward to him bringing success to our football club in the years ahead. “
Paul Leary added:
“The next two games continues with our bravest of efforts to stay up and I know that the players and Sean’s staff are up for the battle. The fans’ response to the players in recent weeks has been superb and the final two games presents an opportunity for everyone connected with Marine to get together to win the challenge of all challenges in the final week of the season.”
Marine manager Sean Hessey said:
“I am honoured and privileged to be given this opportunity to manage Marine. I am proud of our record since I stepped in and the reaction from all the players has been fantastic.
The support that myself, my staff and the players have received from the board and supporters has been absolutely brilliant.
We will always strive to give our best.”