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King’s Lynn Town FC manager Tommy Widdrington extends Walks contract on eve of new National League North season



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King’s Lynn Town FC manager Tommy Widdrington has extended his contract with the club on the eve of the new National League North season.

The former Southampton midfielder has extended his deal until the summer of 2024, with the option to extend by a further year next summer.

The club stated: "Following extensive discussions between the club chairman Stephen Cleeve and manager Tommy Widdrington, the Gaffer has extended his contract with the club until the summer of 2024, with the option to extend by a further year next summer."

Linnets boss Tommy Widdrington on the touchline during a 1-0 friendly success over Peterborough United at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith
Linnets boss Tommy Widdrington on the touchline during a 1-0 friendly success over Peterborough United at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith

Widdrington told KLTFC Media: “The chairman has clear objectives and we both feel capable of progressing the club. I was mindful of the way the squad was shaping over the summer and feel this group are now 'my group' so I had no hesitation in coming to an agreement.

"Many of the lads have come here or indeed re-signed knowing how I work, having had a professional relationship with me either before joining King's Lynn Town FC or since my arrival here last season.

"Some were also asking about my situation during our chats over their contracts!

Linnets boss Tommy Widdrington (left). Picture: Tim Smith
Linnets boss Tommy Widdrington (left). Picture: Tim Smith

"In fairness to the chairman, he did indicate to me quite shortly after the season ended that he was keen to talk. After my family holidays we met on a couple of occasions when the conversations were split between ongoing discussions regarding how I saw the construction of the best possible squad, the parameters within which I’d need to work and the longer term relationship.

"With the football operation moving to our new training centre at Ely, as well as other requests okayed by the chairman, we set about preparing for the new campaign.

"Whilst I was aware I hadn’t agreed anything personally, I was concentrating more on the job in hand to be honest, so as we entered the final week before the season starts it seemed the right time to sit down. It didn’t take long.

King's Lynn Town owner Stephen Cleeve.
King's Lynn Town owner Stephen Cleeve.

"I, my staff and the players are ALL going in the same direction and I urge the people of King's Lynn to 'get on board', as together we will undoubtedly be stronger.”

Chairman Stephen Cleeve added: “Tommy brings a wealth of experience both on and off the pitch and with this new deal in place the club is able to grow in the right direction.

"It is important to have stability in all areas at a football club and I am delighted that Tommy sees his future at the club. We now go into the season with a spring in our step.”



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