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Paul Sheehan has stepped down as manager of Uppingham Town Football Club

One of the most successful managers in the history of Uppingham Town Football Club has decided to relinquish his role with the Rutland team.

Paul Sheehan is stepping down due to family commitments as first team boss of the Peterborough League Premier Division side after four seasons at the helm.

The former Stamford and Blackstones defender led Uppingham to back-to-back Premier Division titles and two Senior Cup final triumphs during his terrific tenure.

Paul Sheehan.
Paul Sheehan.

Town only missed out on a third successive league title by one point this season after finishing as runners-up to Moulton Harrox who they had pipped to the championship by the same margin last term.

Sheehan said: "I have loved the last four years at Uppingham and I am pleased to have been part of a very successful period for the club.

"I would like to say thank you to the committee for the opportunity to manage this great club, all the players that have played under me, all the fans who have shown support to myself and my team and to my management team of Steve Pridmore and Billy Beaver for everything they have done."

Sheehan started his playing career with Uppingham in the club's junior section before moving into the senior side and then earning moves higher up the non-league pyramid.

He returned to take the Town reigns following the departure of Ryan Hunnings and the club were full of praise for his tenure which saw a first-ever Premier Division title win for the Tod's Piece side.

Their statement said: "Uppingham Town Football Club would like to thank first team manager Paul Sheehan for all his hard work, dedication and commitment as he steps down as manager.

"The first team have had four incredibly successful seasons under the reigns of Paul and also special thanks to Steve and Billy who have worked alongside Paul who thankfully will still be involved with the club by staying on the committee.

"The club are now inviting applications for first team manager and to express an interest please email uppinghamtownfootballclub@gmail.com ."

Town rounded off their season on Saturday with a 4-1 victory at Wittering Premiair thanks to goals from Rob Forster (two), Jordan Neil and Louie Venni.

They took a 15th minute lead when Neil sent Forster away down the left and he went past his defender and cut it back from the byline for Neil to finish from eight yards.

The lead was doubled 10 minutes later when Forster scored with a free-kick from 25-yards out after a powerful strike into the top corner.

Forster scored his second and Town's third 10 minutes before the break when Neil sent him clear with a defence-splitting pass and the Uppingham marksman scored in one-on-one.

Venni made it four on the hour mark when he finished at the front post from an Archie Sootheran cross before Wittering pulled a goal back with 15 minutes remaining as Grant Tippett went clean through and rounded goalkeeper Tom Hubbard to score into an empty net.

Sheehan added: "I was really pleased with the performance.

"We controlled the game and created a lot of chances and could have won by more.

"It was nice to win the last six games and, although I know it wasn't the aim at the start of the season, but to finish runners up after winning the league the two previous years shows a good level of consistency. Congratulations to Moulton Harrox for winning the league."

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