PENDEEN Rovers boss Andre Peters has broken his silence and explained the reasons behind his decision to step down after 17 years in charge at Borlase Park, writes Nathan Richards.
Peters announced he would be standing aside at the end of the season back in March, in the hope it would allow club officials plenty of time to identify a successor.
However, it's understood the search for a replacement remains ongoing.
The affable Rovers boss told The Cornishman that he found the demands of management were placing an increasing strain on him and his young family, and felt that due to 'personal reasons' the time was right to take a well earned break and offer somebody else the opportunity to lead the club's talented crop of young players.
Pendeen finished in fifth place in the Jolly's Cornwall Combination League after ending the season with a 2-1 defeat at Falmouth Athletic in Peters' last game in charge last Thursday.
He said: "I've had a great time and have some great memories, but I just feel that it's time for a break, take some time out to recharge the batteries and give someone else a go.
"Hopefully we can find someone who has the ability to take the club forward and help this team onto the next level, it's a great little job for someone and I truly believe that we're very close to achieving something here."
Peters explained that all the current squad appear committed to the club for next season, and that whoever succeeds him will find a club geared up for success on and off the field.
"As everyone knows Pendeen is a friendly club with some tremendous people behind the scenes who are all keen to carry on and help out.
"I'm not walking away from the club and I'll still be there in the background, available to offer advice and support when needed."
He added: "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those committee members I've worked with, along with the likes of (club president) David Trezise who has been with the club for 58 years and unfortunately hasn't been well lately.
"I also thank all the players who have played for me and also a few of the men in black, some of whom I'm sure I may have upset over the years, but I'm sure they know it has never been personal."
Having succeeded current St Just boss Steve Curnow at Pendeen back in the late 1990s, Peters was in charge when Rovers failed to gain re-election to senior level football after finishing bottom of the Combination League in 1998.
It took 12 years for the club to regain senior status when, in joint charge with the late Colin May, the pair guided the club to a Trelawny League treble after winning the premier division title and Percy Stephens and Terry Jennings Cups in 2009-2010.
"That was probably the highest point of my time in charge," said Peters. "The lowest would have been getting relegated from the Combination League, while my one main regret is losing the League Cup final on penalties to Perranwell in our first season back in the Combo."
Anyone interested in the vacancy are asked to contact Andre on 07833 543 241 or club secretary Crystal Hood on 01736 787225 or 07415 799186 for details.
Pendeen Rovers held their annual presentation evening at the Chy-An-Albany Hotel, St Ives last Saturday.
Award winners: First team players' player: Glen Carew; reserves players' player: Gary Prowse; young player: Silas Sullivan; reserves young Player: Nathan Burt; first team top goalscorer: Ashley Ellis; reserves top goalscorer: Nathan Burt; sportsman: Jack Willis; first team manager's player: Glen Carew; reserves manager's player: Shane Williams; supporters' player: Scott Meagor; club person: Jenny Hood; Shirley Harvey Cup: Andrew Annis & Dexter King; Jimmy Hancock Cup: Tommy Mooney; Colin May Cup: Andre Peters.
THE draw for this season's Carlsberg SWPL Throgmorton League Cup competition was made at Tuesday night's AGM.
First Round (Saturday September 28): Axminster v Appledore; Bovey Tracey v Holsworthy; Bude v Univ of Exeter; Callington v Foxhole; Crediton v Exwick Villa (Fri Sept 27); Exmouth v Budleigh Salterton; Galmpton Utd v Totnes & Dartington; Godolphin v St Dennis; Hayle v Falmouth Tn; Liskeard Ath v Okehampton; Liverton v Plymstock; Mousehole v Helston Ath; Penryn Ath v Porthleven; Penzance v Newquay (Fri Sept 27); Perranporth v Ivybridge; Sidmouth v Cullompton Rgs; Sticker v Newton Abbot Spurs; Stoke Gabriel v Truro City; Teignmouth v Dobwalls; Torpoint v Wadebridge; Vospers OV v Alphington.
Second Round (Saturday October 26): Axminster or Appledore v Exmouth or Budleigh; Bodmin v Camelford (Fri Oct 25); Bovey Tracey or Holsworthy v Torpoint or Wadebridge; Bude or Univ of Exeter v Perranporth or Ivybridge; Crediton or Exwick v Elmore; Elburton v Stoke Gabriel or Truro City; Godolphin or St Dennis v Callington or Foxhole; Hayle or Falmouth v St Blazey; Liskeard or Okehampton v Vospers or Alphington; Mousehole or Helston v Penryn or Porthleven; Plym Parkway v Tavistock (Fri Oct 25); Saltash v Galmpton or Totnes & Dart; Sidmouth or Cullompton v Witheridge; St Austell v Penzance or Newquay (Fri Oct 25); Sticker or Newton Spurs v Liverton or Plymstock; Teignmouth or Dobwalls v Launceston.
TRURO City chairman Pete Masters is looking forward to a "fresh start" at Treyew Road after a make or break meeting at the club on Tuesday saw a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) agreed.
It means the club can now look forward to playing in the premier division of the Southern League next season, just one step down from Blue Square South in which they had finished bottom after going into administration.
It should mean them coming out of administration and the end of their transfer embargo which so hampered them last season.
Mr Masters, who along with another local businessman Phil Perryman, rescued the club from the brink of liquidation, said they hoped to announce a new manager early next week.
He said: "It is a fresh start for the club and we have all now got to unite and go forward. We are winners and want to be challenging."