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Stowmarket Town can confirm that Paul Musgrove has been appointed as our new first-team manager.

Musgrove has been assistant manager to former boss Rick Andrews, who has resigned after seven years in charge.

After arriving at Greens Meadow as a player during the Thurlow Nunn League First Division title-winning season in 2016-17, Musgrove then replaced Shane Coldron as Andrews’ number two in the summer of 2017.

Andrews and Musgrove have helped mastermind a club record run in the Buildbase FA Vase last season, as well as a Thurlow Nunn League unbeaten record, which extended to 39 games last month.

“I’ve got a mixture of emotions really,” Stow’s new manager Musgrove said. “Me and Rick have become like family in the last three-and-a-half years. We speak to each other two or three times a day.

“Rick has done lots for me and helped develop me, as he has done for a lot of other people.

“I’m proud to be manager of Stow and hopefully we can go on and achieve what he would have wanted and get the club promoted.

“We’re just hoping we can get going again on the 5th (of December) for the Vase game and carry on what we started.”

Chairman Neil Sharp said: “Rick has not just been our manager but has also become a very good friend. Over the years he has been here he has been instrumental in bringing the good times back to Stowmarket Town FC.

“I’m sure Stow fans will, like me, look forward to welcoming Rick back to the club as a most welcome visitor on matchdays. The door will always be open for a return in some capacity in the future too.

“The job is still not complete but, to ensure we continue on our path, we have asked assistant manager Paul Musgrove to take over as the new first-team manager. We are pleased to announce he has accepted the position.”

The club are pleased to confirm the rest of the existing management team, Dale Brooks, Danny Potter and Doug French, will all be continuing in their roles and we wish them and Paul every success at Greens Meadow.