Shaun Saunders
Shaun Saunders

It’s all change at Ryman League Premier outfit Peacehaven and Telscombe as chairman Andrew Melbourne and manager Shaun Saunders both stepped aside .

New boss Tony Coade took charge for the first time last Saturday and got off to a wonderful start with a 2-1 win at leaders Margate (see page 47 for match report).

Coade was promoted from first team coach to the managerial position after Saunders’ unexpected departure. Saunders, in his fourth season as first team manager, decided to take a back seat for family reasons. He will continue to be heavily involved with the club’s development at committee level.

Under Saunders Peacehaven has enjoyed tremendous success.

They have won the County League title and the following season, despite beign tipped for relegation, took the Ryman South title with a record number of points.

The club also lifted the Sussex Senior Cup winning 3-0 as they defeated Ryman Premier League side, Bognor at the AMEX Stadium.

At the start of this season The Magpies were again on the trophy trail when they won the Sussex Community Shield.

A club statement read: “Shaun Saunders has played a massive role in shaping the club’s future on the pitch and his contribution should never be under-estimated or forgotten. “In Tony Coade, the club have a brilliant successor. He’s a top coach, passionate about doing the right things on the pitch.”

New boss Coade added: “It was quite a surprise to be honest. First and foremost I love coaching. But I have been among theplayers for a while now and when Shaun stepped down the job went to me.

“We got off to the best possible start and full credit to players for that.

“Shaun did such an amazing job here and we just have to carry on and try and build on that. Shaun will still be involved. He has a major role to play here still and I’m over the moon with that.

“We have Maidstone at home (Saturday) then Bognor away. We all have a lot of work to do.”