There was a surprise managerial switch in the United Counties Premier Division today (June 5) with Brett Whaley leaving Yaxley for Wisbech Town.
It’s a move that caused shock waves within the competition as Yaxley appear to be a thriving top-flight club whereas Wisbech have run into financial problems since the end of last season when they finished third behind Rushden & Diamonds and Thurnby Nirvana.
The Fenman have since seen the departure of their manager Dick Creasey and several star players including Josh Ford, Adam Millson and Tommy Treacher, while ‘the Cuckoos’ have improved their fourth-placed squad with marquee signings like Stuart Wall and Jonny Stead.
The Peterborough Telegraph understands that Yaxley officials became irritated that Whaley was even considering an offer to manage Wisbech so a parting of the ways was agreed.
Wisbech FC released a statement today.
It read: ‘Wisbech Town FC are pleased to announce that Brett Whaley has accepted the position of first team manager. We feel this is a very important appointment for the development and growth of the club as a whole. The board are committed to the long term development and integration of players youths/reserves/first team and feel that Brett is the right manager to help us deliver this. We have ambition, drive and determination to compete and progress and if the opportunity presents itself the club will do everything it possibly can to push on.
Brett has spent the last three years as first team manager of Yaxley FC in the UCL Prem, where league positions have improved year on year finishing 12th, 6th and last season 4th. Brett has had management roles with Ramsey Town (1st team manager), Deeping Rangers (1st team assistant manager) and two stints at March Town (1st team manager)
‘Brett’s involvement extends with clubs such as Boston Utd and Peterborough Utd where he coached development centres in Peterborough and the surrounding area. Brett has also worked alongside several professional managers and coaches including Steve Welsh, Steve Evans and Daral Pugh, all of whom he says helped and inspired him in his personal UEFA coaching development.
Whaley was quoted within the statement. He said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to manage such a big club at this level. To be approached for the role has been a massive compliment and I can’t wait to get started. We have two months hard work now before the season starts and I’ll be doing everything I can to hit the ground running from the start of the season.”
Wisbech chairman Malcolm Clements added: “I’m really pleased to be welcoming Brett to the club, you only have to speak to the guy to know how approachable, passionate and enthusiastic he is. I really look forward to working with him as we prepare for next season.”