Crane resignation a big blow for Whitton

WHITTON United manager Ronnie Mauge today said that it was blow to the club that Jeff Crane has resigned as chairman.Crane, connected with the Ridgeons League club for 30 years, says that he has taken Whitton as far as he can.

By Elvin King

WHITTON United manager Ronnie Mauge today said that it was blow to the club that Jeff Crane has resigned as chairman.

Crane, connected with the Ridgeons League club for 30 years, says that he has taken Whitton as far as he can.

Former Fulham, Charlton, Manchester City, Plymouth and Bristol Rovers defender Mauge said: “Jeff will be sorely missed.

“Personally I am sorry that he decided to resign as he is a friend of mine.

“He was certainly not pushed and he knows he is liked and respected at Whitton.

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“It is a blow, but now we must move on.”

Phil Pemberton has switched from his role of secretary to become general manager following Crane's departure.

Mauge, who is now in his third year in charge at Whitton, added: “With sponsorship from Newcastle United player Kieron Dyer and a switch to a brand new ground inside two years we are looking ahead with confidence.

“On and off the pitch we are gaining respect, and we have a five-year plan to make Whitton one of the biggest clubs in Suffolk again.”

WHITTON have arranged a tie-in with Premiership Sheffield United with Mauge having played under Blades manager Neil Warnock at Plymouth.

Mauge explained: “Neil is happy to take our best young players and have them for four days at Bramall Lane.

“It is a great incentive for our youngsters, and Neil will be having a serious look at our most talented lads.”