LYME Regis Football Club has appointed a new management team for the 2020-2021 season, whenever that may start.
Long serving Gerard Hitchcock stood down after Lyme’s last game, before Devon & Exeter League football was halted because of coronavirus, due to family commitments, leaving the first team in fifth place in the Premier Division, equally their highest position ever.
Reserve team manager Dominic Rowe has also relinquished his duties after running the side for a season in which they were placed in seventh season in Division Three when the season ended, but he has indicated that he intends to continue as a player.
The club’s management committee met via the Zoom video conferencing app on Tuesday evening when it was unanimously agreed that two of the Seasiders’ most respected players, Mark Bailey and Julien Simier would share the first team duties between them.
Mark Bailey is highly regarded in local footballing circles. He has played for Lyme for 19 years and has always stayed loyal to the Seasiders despite having the talent to play at a much higher level.
During his time at Lyme he has stood in as manager and captain and has scored 142 goals.
Julien Simier hails from the Normandy village of Creully, which is twinned with the Lyme Regis club. He has played for the Seasiders since 2009.
A tricky ball player very much in the European mode, Simier has filled the role of coach at the Davey Fort in recent times.
Chairman Howard Larcombe told LymeOnline Sport: “We are delighted that Mark and Julien have accepted our offer to jointly manage the first team next season. They are a good fit.
“Mark has many contacts in local football and Julien is a top coach.”
No replacement has yet been found for Reserve team manager, although the club are talking to a number of possible candidates.
Rob Larcombe will continue to manage the third X1, Lyme Rovers, who enjoyed an excellent season and could well have won promotion to Perry Street Division One had the fixtures been completed.
He shared the duties last season in an excellent partnership with Niall Davis, who has stood down due to personal commitments.
Larcombe, who was offered the Reserve team managership but turned it down because he wants to continue playing with the Rovers, will be assisted by players Declan Ellis and Wallace Blackmore.
The committee were informed by secretary Rob Thom that no indication had been given by the Devon & Exeter League when the new season would commence.