Coach Andre Thomas has left Clapton after landing the assistant manager’s job at Bostik North side Barking.
A hugely popular figure with players and fans, Andre spent two silverware-laden years with Clapton as coach, assistant manager and also as caretaker manager.
However, he had recently been shunted from assistant manager to first team coach as Jonny Fowell brought in Colin Reid as head coach and Wayne Seal as assistant manager.
Barking have moved quickly to offer Andre a step up a division as well as being restored to assistant manager level.
The Blues announced the news on Saturday night – in the wake of Clapton’s fine home win against high-flying Great Wakering.
Their statement described Andre as “a passionate and dedicated football man who’s a student of the game. He’s willing to learn and progress by developing his skills and obtain new ones in the process.”
He will be number two to manager Justin Gardner, formerly of Aveley and Billericay Town .
More details to follow…