Former Brighton, Leyton Orient and Crawley Town midfielder leaves role as Burgess Hill Town first team manager

Burgess Hill Town have confirmed that former Brighton & Hove Albion and Crawley Town midfielder Dean Cox has left his role as first team manager.
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Cox, who also made over 200 appearances for Leyton Orient, took over as Hillians boss in April after impressing at Isthmian South East and West Sussex rivals Lancing.

The 36-year-old departs Leylands Park with Hill 12th in the division.

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In a statement posted on Burgess Hill’s website, chairman Vince Alfieri said: “I’ve loved every minute working with Dean and am really sorry to see him go. I wish him nothing but success for the future.”

But, posting on X, Cox said he was leaving the role due to a change of direction at the Mid Sussex club.

He tweeted: “Firstly would like to thank @CChenzo78 [Alfieri] for giving me the opportunity to come in and be manager at @Official_BHTFC.

“I also thank the fans for getting behind me from day one. But things become clear that the direction was changing to something I didn’t want.”

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Burgess Hill have thanked Cox for all his efforts since joining the club in the summer and have wished him well for the future.

A further announcement will follow this evening with regards to the first team management position at the Hillians.