Bourne Town boss Raffa Mazzarella makes shock exit

United Counties League Division One Game, Bourne Town 3 v Irchester 7 EMN-141108-111930001
United Counties League Division One Game, Bourne Town 3 v Irchester 7 EMN-141108-111930001

Bourne Town manager Raffa Mazzarella has resigned as first team manager with immediate effect.

Mazzarella resigned as the Wakes’ boss ahead of Saturday’s 3-2 home win over Olney Town which came courtesy of two late goals at Abbey Lawn.

Writing on the United Counties League’s Facebook page, Mazzarella said: “On Thursday I made the decision to step down from managing after my tenth straight season in charge of a club. On two of these seasons I ran two sides.

“I had a huge year in my personal life last year and after the season I enjoyed the summer break so much I considered stopping then to be honest but I decided to carry on after a chat with my assistant.

“The season started well, the club was closer together than ever before and the squads were in really good shape.

“I found myself feeling tired, however, and this was a mixture of work-related issues and a couple of issues at footy that really drained me. I was knackered at work and grumpy (more than normal) at home.

“I’d get home Saturday evening after a game and enjoy my night but wake up Sunday morning and start planning for Tuesday’s game, then after Tuesday’s game I’d have four-and-a-half hours kip, get up at 4.30 and walk round my delivery thinking about Saturday’s game.

“I guess this may be normal for all managers but for the first time in my ten seasons I felt that the hassle/grief/stress I was getting was outweighing the enjoyment and that’s when I had to draw the line and say I needed to stop.

“I am proud of what we’ve done at the club in my short time there. We’ve strengthened the club as a whole, movement between reserves and firsts is good, relations with the juniors are good too and that was hugely important to me.

“The small committee work tirelessly and the majority of players and myself acknowledge that. A special mention for Steve (joint chairman) who has been superb in my time there considering what he’s gone through himself whilst I’ve been there.

“For myself I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as a manager in a great little club.

“I’ve learnt a lot to be fair and will benefit from my time there I’m sure. Right now, though, I will enjoy my rest!”

Assistant manager Steve Wilson lead Bourne against Olney and he would have been delighted at late goals from Max Burrell and Joe Moore-Papworth to turn a likely defeat into three points.

Dan Smith gave Bourne the lead just nine minutes in but a double brace from Ryan Smith either side of the break gave Olney the lead.

But With eight minutes left Max Burrell levelled the scores and Bourne won it through Joe Moore-Papworth in the final minute of regulation time.