I has been a turbulent twelve months for current Humber Premier League side Westella & Willerby. They suffered relegation from the NCEL, after turning down a late reprieve and have now seen long-term manager Leon Sewell leave the club after 5 1/2 years with the club.
A statement from the Hull -based club late last night reads:
“⚫⚪OFFICIAL CLUB STATEMENT⚪⚫
Due to this weeks happenings we feel it right before the rumours start to clarify that the club has regretfully accepted the resignation of our First Team Manager Leon Sewell..
After over 5 1/2 years of dedicated service to not only the running of the first team matters but also helping with the progression of the academy and soccer school projects that are flourishing week on week the time has come that unfortunately due to extensive work commitments and personal reasons the decision has been taken to step down.. as a club we know that this decision hasn’t been easy for Leon but we fully appreciate that he has given 110% to his role of manager which has in that period seen us finish 11th in our first season in NCEL 1 and also reach the first round proper of the FA Vase earlier on this season.. anybody in the game knows that Leon is fully committed to any role in which he takes on and as a club we feel privileged that he has been at the helm of our great club for so long.. let’s not forget that all his achievements have been accomplished without the hint of a budget… something in this day and age of football isn’t easy at all.
Leon’s last game in charge will be tomorrow’s home game at Haworth Park 2pm k.o against Hedon Rangers.
Finally we would like to place on record we are eternaly greatful to the professionalism, commitment and attitude that Leon has shown in his time at the club and we would like to wish him all the very best in his future and after his well earned rest welcome him back on the football scene. You’ll always be welcome here at Westella “Gaffer”….
On behalf of the club, players, committee and followers of Westella. Thank you Leon.
And Leon has released his own statement:
“With a very heavy heart and much deliberation, the time has come to depart from my first team manager duties at the wonderful club of Westella & Willerby AFC.
After 5.5 years as manager it’s time for me to take a much needed break and recharge the batteries.
I’ve made some fantastic friends, met some amazing people and certainly comes across some characters!!
Having originally played for Westella in their opening season in the CMFL some years ago, I never envisaged that I’d manage the club for the duration I have, ultimately seeing the club gain promotion to its highest ever level in the NCEL for the first time and most recently in the Humber Premier League again managing the side to the first round proper of the FA Vase for the very first time.
All of the success gained could not be achieved by the players, management staff and committee members supporting me through thick and thin and I’d like to personally thank everyone for that! I’d also like to thank all opposing managers who along the way have given me some great advice and guidance but most importantly my mentors in Peter Whinham & Ian Gray!
One special mention must go to my partner Bridget who for the last 7 years has dealt with the highs and lows of management telling me to “shut up, deal with it and there’s always next Saturday to put it right”…
All good things come to an end at some point and as one chapter ends another begins so here’s to visiting Asda supermarket on Saturday afternoons and cleaning the house!
No doubt I’ll see many of you all soon at a game somewhere soon and thanks again to all.”