EX CLAPTON BOSS MOVES ON IN BIG ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE MANAGEMENT RESHUFFLE

Mike Walther is moving on again

Former Clapton manager Mike Walther has left Stansted after less than a season with the Essex Senior League club.

Walther, who was the Airportmen’s number two, has departed alongside manager Mark Ashford after guiding the club to eighth place last season.

Ashford has completed his UEFA ‘A’ badge and is set to be looking for a challenge higher up the pyramid.

It is understood Walther, who left the Tons in September, may have an offer from a club above the ESL for next season.

Stansted have moved to bring in Hannakins Farm management duo Paul Pittuck and assistant Mark Healy.

They had led the Essex Olympian League side to promotion and narrowly missed out on the title last season.

Also giving a deserved chance to promising coaches from the Essex Olympian League, which sits below the ESL in the pyramid, are Basildon United.

The Bees have poached manager Marc Harrison and assistant Liam Wallace from their crosstown rivals Basildon Town after they achieved the league and cup double.

Meanwhile Tony Ievoli, who left Ryman North side Brentwood Town late last season, is back in the Essex Senior League, taking over at basement club Haringey & Waltham.

Ievoli will be looking to replicate the success he enjoyed at Wadham Lodge, where he took the unfancied E17 club to sixth spot in their first ever Essex Senior League campaign.

FA VASE REPLAY DEBUT FOR NEW BOSS – AND LEAGUE GAME POSTPONEMENT

Clapton’s fixture against Basildon United this week has been postponed due to our FA Vase replay.

The Tons will be facing Hertford Town this Tuesday (September 13th) instead after Saturday’s 0-0 AET draw at Hertingfordbury Park.

The cup game is due to be new manager Jonny Fowell’s first game in charge following Andre Thomas’ five game stint as caretaker manager.

Thomas said after the game: “Proud to say I was the manager of Clapton FC.

“5 Games I learnt from, enjoyed, and hopefully made an impact. #Tons”

The Bas game, which was scheduled for Tuesday, has yet to be rearranged.