It’s been a busy few days for Langtoft United with first team manager Phil Gadsby leaving and the club moving swiftly to replace him.
Former Baston and Peterborough ICA Sports manager Leighton Atkin will be the new man at the helm at Manor Way as the Vikings look to build on their excellent debut season in the PDFL Premier Division in 2015/16.
The Vikings had barely had time to reflect on a guaranteed top-seven finish this season when Gadsby announced he was leaving to test himself at United Counties League level as the new manager of Stamford-based Blackstones.
It ends a successful two-year stint as Langtoft manager for Gadsby, who also played for the club for several seasons.
Last season the team secured promotion and also won the PDFL Chairman Championship Shield, before establishing themselves in the Premier Division after a slow start.
With a number of players expected to follow Gadsby to Blackstones, Atkin could be just the first of several new arrivals at Manor Way this summer.
The highly qualified coach has held a number of coaching positions in the Peterborough area in recent years. Last season he led Langtoft’s A15 neighbours Baston to the Division Two title and Intermediate Cup success after taking over halfway through the season.
He enjoyed a short spell at PDFL Premier Division Peterborough ICA Sports at the start of this season.
Langtoft chairman Barry Woodthorpe said: “Gads has been a fantastic manager for us and achieved great things for the club.
“We would like to thank him for all his efforts and wish him all the best at Blackstones.
“However, I’m delighted we’ve been able to replace him so quickly. Leighton was interesting other clubs but was impressed by the ambitions and facilities we have here.”
Langtoft are still looking for a new reserves manager. Anyone who is interested can contact Woodthorpe on 07768 650507.