Fakenham Town manager Wayne Anderson is to leave his position at Clipbush Park, with Dereham Reserves today confirming he is to join them.
The 40-year-old will take charge of the Ghosts for the final time in tomorrow’s Thurlow Nunn Premier Division trip to FC Clacton before departing to take up a role with a club in a higher division.
Leading scorer Robbie Harris and first team coach Neil Jarvis will then take over until the end of the season as joint caretaker managers.
Director of football Geoff Saunders said: “We’re sorry that Wayne will be leaving us but he is ambitious and we felt we couldn’t stand in his way.
“He has put in a tremendous amount of work for this football club over the years and he has done a brilliant job here.
“Winning promotion to the Premier Division last season was a fantastic achievement, as is consolidating our position this season, and Wayne will leave us in good health.
“Wayne is a well-liked individual who has done many good things for Fakenham Town in his time in charge so we thank him for everything he has done and wish him all the best for his future career.
“In Robbie and Neil we have two very capable people who know the club and the league very well and they will guide us through to the end of the season.”
Anderson took over at Clipbush Park with Fakenham rock-bottom of the Eastern Counties First Division in January 2010 but he improved their position season-on-season, culminating in promotion back to the Premier Division as runners-up in 2013/14.
The Ghosts have performed above expectations this season, their first campaign back in the top flight in over a decade, and had been in the top eight for some time prior to slipping below halfway this month.
Anderson described his decision to leave Fakenham as “very difficult” but felt that the time was right to take the next steps in his career.
“I have had five great years at Fakenham and it’s a club that means a lot to me so I’ll go with nothing but great memories,” he said.
“The early years were a challenge but the ambition was always to bring this club back to the Premier Division, which we did last season thanks to the hard work and efforts of everyone involved on and off the field.
“The players have performed brilliantly this season and it has been great to see them develop in the Premier Division.
“I know they can go on and have success in the coming years and there are some very good youngsters coming through.
“It’s tough to leave that behind but I’m not going on bad terms, my leaving is nothing to do with anything negative about the club.
“It’s purely an opportunity coming up at the right time that I feel I have to take.”