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Peter Betts quits Haverhill Rovers after four years at the helm

Haverhill Rovers' clash with Ridgeons Premier leaders Wroxham
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Haverhill Rovers' clash with Ridgeons Premier leaders Wroxham peter betts

Haverhill Rovers are searching for a new first team manager following the resignation of Peter Betts.

Haverhill Rovers are searching for a new first team manager following the resignation of Peter Betts.

Betts brought his four year reign to an end on Saturday, informing the players before their 2-0 win at Kirkley and Pakefield that he would be leaving.

During his time Betts has seen Rovers transform from a basement club to a top half side and seen the transition from Hamlet Croft to the New Croft.

“The timing of it has come sooner that I thought but I had it in the back of my mind that it was the right time to step down,” said Betts.

“I thought the end of the season would be the time but I don’t want to be doing it half heartedly.

“There are a lot of different issues but the main one is work.

“I’m here as development officer and facilities manager and all these different hats cause confusion as people think I manage the facility as Haverhill Rovers manager and think how come I have that power?

“When I came we were rock bottom and now we’re an established side in the top eight and when a new manager comes he can press on.

“We’ve gone from being two teams to 28 teams everyone qualified and CRB checked.

“I didn’t want to look back at the end of my tenure and think that I hadn’t made a difference, but without a shadow of a doubt I’ve made a difference.

“People don’t realise the impact this facility has had on the community, but it’s been absolutely massive.”

Betts will remain as interim manager until a new manager is appointed, with interviews being held next month.

He will remain an advisor to the board on footballing matters.

Betts rated his top three signings as centre half Stuart Wardley, who arrived in 2009 and left at the end of last season to play for his newly formed home town club Saffron Walden Town, full back Greg Strong, who came in 2010 and striker Dan Cornwell, who arrived in 2011.

“We always struggled for a genuine left back before Strong, and Cornwell is the best striker this club has ever seen.

“The impact Wardley had on the club has been massive.

“Another player who was only here for a little while but had a big impact was Dalton O’Brien as he got us scoring again.

“We’ve also brought great players through like Jamie Challis, Paul and Marc Abbott and Marcus Hunt.

“Most of the players now only get a win bonus so when they travel to Leiston on a Tuesday night and don’t get home until 1am having taken a Ryman Premier League side to penalties they don’t get a penny but they don’t moan about it.

“Only Haverhill can say that.”

Betts arrived at the club shortly after the start of the 2008-09 season, but had been reserve team manager before that.

“I have an 18 month old boy and I’ve put so much time into the club I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve put him to bed and you don’t get that time back, so it will be nice to have Saturdays where I’m pushing his pram to the games.

“You’re getting up to go to work at 7am and getting home at 11pm so it’s very full on.”

Betts thanked supporters and assured he will not move to another club while he is still the interim manager.

“The support is very important and our average attendance has gone up massively since moving to the New Croft,” he said.

“I have had a couple of offers from clubs but my loyalty is getting this club right first and I will do everything I can to help and not leave it in the lurch.”

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, November 8) Echo.

 

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