MARK Dalgleish has ended his 16-year long association with Steyning Town Football Club to become assistant manager at Hassocks.
Dalgleish, manager at Town for the past five and a half seasons, after he was previously a player at The Shooting Field, is sad to be leaving but feels the time is right to move on after Steyning finished second from bottom in County League Division 2 last campaign.
Town are unlikely to be relegated into Division 3, though, as Bosham, the Division 3 champions, have been told they can not be promoted, although Steyning have had no official confirmation of that yet.
Dalgleish said: "The thing for me is that Hassocks is right around the corner from where I live – it's just two or three minutes from my home.
"That was a massive draw, especially having a young family.
"And it's Division 1 football as well, which I wanted to try my hand at.
"If things don't work out, I'll still be in contact with people at Steyning and will happily come back here and help out.
"But after 16 years, it feels the right time to move on and I'm very much looking forward to the challenge.
"I had a lovely send-off from everyone at Steyning at the presentation night on Saturday and I still love the place and the people there.
"It was a hard decision as they're a great bunch of people and I could have easily carried on.
"But it's a new challenge, which I needed.
"Maybe I'd gone a little bit stale at Steyning and, for me, it's the right move forward and I'm happy with my decision."
Dalgleish first took over as Steyning boss in November, 2004, and they finished that season 16th in Division 2.
The following campaign they came 15th, before an eighth-placed finish in the 2006-07 season. An 11th-placed finish followed in 2007-08, before they came 13th last year.
Dalgleish will be assistant to Mick Jewell, who was appointed Hassocks manager last week.
Jewell replaced Dave John as Hassocks boss and John will be coaching the youth side next season.
Dalgleish added: "I've known Mick for a long time and am looking forward to working with him."
Steyning have had a number of applicants for the vacant managerial post and will be interviewing all of them before the end of the month.
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