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Wealdstone on lookout for new boss after parting company with Wilkinson

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 May 2019 | UPDATED: 12:08 14 May 2019

Stones confirmed the news on Friday evening

Wealdstone are on the search for a new manager after parting company with Bobby Wilkinson late last week.

The Vanarama National League South outfit confirmed on Friday evening that their manager would be departing immediately.

The news came just days after the Grosvenor Vale outfit lost 3-2 at Woking in the promotion semi-finals.

A club statement read: "Wealdstone Football Club can confirm it has parted company with first-team manager Bobby Wilkinson with immediate effect.

Whilst the club deeply regrets this outcome, we would like to place on record our thanks for the contribution that Bobby, and his management team, have made during their time at the club.

Under Bobby's management, the club reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy in 2018 and the National League South play-off semi-final this season and we wish Bobby every success in the future.

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The process to appoint a new manager to lead the club into next season is now underway and applicants wishing to express their interest can contact the club by e-mailing roryfitzgerald@wealdstonefc.com.

"The closing date for applications is May 17."

It is a sad end to Wilkinson's time in charge of Wealdstone, having initially joined from divisional rivals Hungerford Town in August 2017, replacing the legendary Gordon Bartlett in the dugout.

Wilkinson enjoyed a memorable first season with Stones as he took the west Londoners to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy, before losing to eventual champions Brackley Town.

Throughout the most-recent campaign, Wilkinson's first full term in charge, the Grosvenor Vale outfit were always in contention to finish in the play-off places.

Heading into the final day, though, Wealdstone looked to be up against it as they sat 10th and were two points outside the top seven.

However, a memorable final day saw Stones make it into the play-offs with a 2-1 win over Hemel Hempstead Town.

The Grosvenor Vale outfit then beat Bath City in the promotion eliminator, before losing at Woking last week.

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