Coldron: ‘Stowmarket can be among Suffolk’s elite clubs’

NEW OPPORTUNITY: Shane Coldron (right) has left Stowmarket Town to become first team manager at Whitton United next season
NEW OPPORTUNITY: Shane Coldron (right) has left Stowmarket Town to become first team manager at Whitton United next season

Departing assistant manager Shane Coldron believes that Stowmarket Town have got the potential to be one of the biggest clubs in Suffolk.

Coldron brought his four-year stay at Greens Meadow to an end last week after taking up the vacant manager’s role at Whitton United.

The 44-year-old held the manager’s positions of Stow’s reserves and under-18s, before becoming first team boss Rick Andrews’ number two at the start of 2015.

And after leaving the Old Gold and Blacks on a high, following their Thurlow Nunn League First Division title triumph at the end of last season, and with it the club’s first promotion in their 134-year history, Coldron insists the only way is up for his former club.

“Rick’s got plans to get the club into the next level,” Coldron said. “In the next couple of years he wants to get into the Ryman (Isthmian) League.

“Stow could be bigger than the other four Suffolk sides, Leiston, Needham Market, AFC Sudbury and Bury Town.

“They’ve got a massive catchment area and I believe the club can go on and do great things, as long as they carry on the path they’re on now.”

The Free Press broke the news last week that Stow had agreed a deal to sign ex-professional Scott Mitchell, while well-respected coach Lee Norfolk has also come on board for next season.

But while Coldron will no longer be stood alongside Andrews at Greens Meadow next season, he does have ambitions to deliver promotion to his new club Whitton and a possible return in the future to the club in the opposing dugout.

“It was one of my hardest decisions to leave Rick,” he said. “We’ve become very close friends over the last few years.

“But he was very supportive of me and the last four years at Stow, being the number two, has given me the confidence and the opportunity to become a number one.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the club and wish Rick and the boys all the best.”