Wetherall steps away from Redbridge

Redbridge manager Micky Wetherall decided to step away from his role last week, having a break from football before deciding where he’ll manage next. He spent a year and a half at the club, keeping the club in the Essex Senior League.

“The decision to leave was tough but for me I need a change and the time has come for me to do that. I hope it’s at a time where the new manager gets a long run at it with good foundations already built and the club in football terms in a strong place with a full set up.”

Football is a tough place to be. It’s a lonely place when things ain’t going right and having lost personnel around me, it’s the first time in a couple of years, I need to put myself before the club and move on.

He knew what we wanted to achieve whilst being at the club and felt he had done that, giving him a sense of pride. “When we took over, I told Andy Hill I wanted to do three things; keep the team up, build good solid foundations for the future of the club and make [Chairman] Ricky Eaton enjoy football again. I achieved what I wanted and I have my staff and players to thank for that.”

He had guided the Motormen onto a victory over Newbury Forest to retain Len Cordell Cup, beating their tenants 2-0 while he had also installed a team spirit into his side. “My favourite memory at the club is winning and and retaining the Len Cordell Cup. A big one for me is the team spirit we had and how all the players come together and gave up their own time to paint the training facility and painting the club house, but another one was watching the Champions League Semi-Final with Chairman Ricky Eaton and jumping round like mad when Moura scored.”

Redbridge were 8th in the Essex Senior League when the season was brought to an abrupt end, already an improvement on their 12th-placed finish in the 2018/19 season, but they had games in hand on the teams above and could have finished a lot higher. With what he had achieved at Oakside, there was no doubt clubs would be interested in requiring his services and it wasn’t out of the question for Micky.

“I’m overwhelmed with the amount of people reaching out and I’m grateful for all the offers and invites to chat. I’m going to take the weekend off and speak to people next week. It [my next role] needs to be right for me. I won’t be jumping at something for the sake of it so it needs to be right.”