Norman to step down as Wingate & Finchley’s director of football after final game

Wingate & Finchley's outgoing director of football David Norman. Pic: Martin Addison

Wingate & Finchley's outgoing director of football David Norman. Pic: Martin Addison - Credit: Archant

David Norman will step down as Wingate & Finchley’s director of football after Saturday’s final game of the season, having helped the Blues to a record points total.

Norman won an unprecedented treble as manager of the Blues in 2011 – including promotion to the Premier Division via the play-offs.

This term, alongside head coach Daniel Nielsen, he has helped the club to eclipse their best ever points total in the division, which previously stood at 59 from 2011-12.

Saturday’s 4-1 home win over Bognor Regis Town – courtesy of a double from David Knight and goals from Tommy Tejan-Sie and Bradley Hewitt – left Wingate on 67 points with one game to go, but it has since been announced that Norman is leaving.

Chairman Aron Sharpe said: “It is non-league football’s worst-kept secret that we work on an almost impossible budget with a small support base, relying heavily on volunteers, good will and loyalty.

“The term ‘family’ is an often overused term for a football club, however that is exactly what we are and stand for.

“I, together with my board of directors, have an obligation to ensure that this club is financially sound and successful. Furthermore, we have a model and strategy that we believe will bring us sustainability and progression.

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“Dave, unfortunately, has had to work within these parameters and with very few tools. Both he and I have spent a lot of time having discussions over such issues, yet without this time spent I doubt Wingate & Finchley would be where we are now; at the end of a record-breaking season.

“I can honestly say he is a fine football manager who shall go on to a higher level and be successful. Somehow we both knew it had come to the point where Dave had taken the club as far as he could on our minimal budget and the directives he had received.

“We met on numerous occasions recently and together came to the conclusion that the club needed a change at the helm.

“The club wishes Dave all the success that he deserves and he knows he shall always be welcome back here. On a personal level I feel a huge loss, but it is for the club itself to continue to be successful and that is the directors’ job at hand going forward.

“It is not goodbye; it is simply until next time.”

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