The club can confirm that assistant manager Chris Winton has left the club to join National South side St Albans City.
Chris joined the Casuals alongside manager Steve Conroy in the summer, having had a successful season as a pair with Kings Langley last year.
Chris was approached by the Step Two club in the week and, having already turned down an approach for a high profile job back in September in order to stay at the club, he has now decided that this is the right move for him at this stage of his career and with a young family that he spends increasing amounts of time away from.
I’d like to place on record my sincere gratitude and thanks to Walton Casuals FC for an extremely enjoyable if somewhat brief time with the club. I have made some friends for life and I wish them nothing but success and fortune going forward.
The decision to leave has been a tough one as I truly believe the club has something special in progress. However travelling the 160 mile round trip various times a week getting in after midnight more often than not has taken its toll on family life – I need to put my wife and young son first. So when an opportunity comes up closer to home it made sense to take it albeit with a heavy heart.
I’d like to thank the players who have given every ounce of passion and grit and will no doubt achieve the success they deserve.
Thank you to the board and everyone behind the scenes for making my time here a pleasurable one. I raise a glass to the Stags faithful who stuck by us and backed us especially when we arrived, you guys have been amazing.
I’d like to thank Steve Conroy for all he has done for me personally, he has been a fantastic mentor both on and off the pitch.
To assemble a competitive squad (except for 2 players) away from his area in a matter of weeks and to this day still only be 20 weeks old shows the measure of the man and the club. I truly believe you have the best manager in place to take WCFC forward to the next level.
I also need to extend a special thanks to Tony Gale, Duncan and Paul Saunders, Dave Nash, Gus Schofield, Ray Hole, Doug McClelland, John Butler, Kelly Jade Whelan, Elliot Minto, Liam Walsh and in particular, Steve Haughney.
I look forward to heading down the Hub for game and pint in the near future...
Up the Stags!
The club would like to place on record their gratitude to Chris for his tireless effort and energy over the past few months and we wish him all the very best in his future career.
We are pleased to announce that Liam Walsh has now been promoted to assistant manager.