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St Neots Town make formal approach for Haverhill Rovers player-manager Marc Abbott

Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Haverhill Rovers are facing the prospect of losing player-manager Marc Abbott after revealing higher-league St Neots Town have made a formal approach for his services.

The Cambridgeshire side currently ply their trade two steps higher up the football pyramid than Rovers in the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central.

Abbott was appointed to the post at The New Croft club in 15 months ago, following Ben Cowling's departure.

FOOTBALL - Haverhill Rovers (H) v Long Melford (L) in the FA Cup..Pictured: Marc Abbott (H)....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (6933309)
FOOTBALL - Haverhill Rovers (H) v Long Melford (L) in the FA Cup..Pictured: Marc Abbott (H)....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (6933309)

Having taken over Rovers in 15th place, they ended up retaining their Step 5 status with a 19th place finish, two places above the four team relegation zone.

This season has seen Abbott avoid another relegation fight with the team currently sitting in the comfort of mid-table in 11th, as well as capturing the town's imagination by equalling their club record FA Cup run, reaching the second round qualifying stage.

The club, who were not in action this weekend after the icy weather saw their home game with Woodbridge Town postponed, took to Twitter to confirm an approach for Abbott, also their top scorer this season from central midfield, had been made.

Rovers are due to return to action on Saturday at FC Clacton (3pm).

St Neots have not commented on the approach for Abbott but the club released a statement on Thursday evening saying they had identified a potential new manager. They also confirmed current manager Matt Clements will be moving into a director of football role going forward.

Owner Lee Kearns has suggested the new manager could come in to work alongside Clements until the end of the season.

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