HELLENIC League Thornbury Town are searching for a new manager following the departure of Andy Davies.

Davies has decided to take a rest from management next season, but has confirmed that he intends to stay with the club in some capacity.

With previous coaching experience at Bristol Manor Farm and Hallen, Davies joined Thornbury five years ago in what was his first management role and has led the club to unprecedented success. His first three seasons in charge saw Town finish in fourth place in the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League on each occasion, but claim the Les James League Cup trophy when they beat league champions Cheltenham Civil Service 1-0 at Slimbridge.

Season 2017-18 saw Andy lead the club to a superb County League double, winning the league title by 15 points and then clinching the Les James cup for a second time, beating Frampton United. At the same time striker Craig Lancastle also picked up the League's Golden Boot award to make it a clean sweep of trophies for the club.

After a lot of work at the ground Thorns were able to take promotion to the Hellenic League, the highest level at which the club have ever played. Davies and his team took the step up in their stride and as well as finishing third in Division One West, just one point behind runners-up Cheltenham Saracens, they also won silverware, beating Wallingford Town in the Supplementary Cup Final last weekend.

Thorns now begin their search for a new manager and with the first team now established in Hellenic Div 1 and with the possibility of competing in the FA Vase and FA Cup next season it potentially gives the right person an exciting challenge. Applications are invited from anyone interested in the position, who ideally has recent experience of coaching or managing at Hellenic, Western or County League level, or has the ambition to do so, and who would be motivated by the prospect of working with the club as they look to build on their recent successes.

Interested potential candidates should contact club secretary Mike Pengelly at pengelly.mike@gmail.com or on 07934 504648 by May 20.