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Change At Dorchester Helm
Change At Dorchester Helm
Dorchester Town have announced that Leigh Robinson has stood down as manager of the Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South club and that coach Robbie Herrera has immediately been appointed as the new man in charge.
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Robinson and Herrera joined the Magpies in early January 2020 as manager and coach and head of development respectively.

 

Former Taunton Town and Truro City boss Robinson started his managerial career as joint manager of Wellington and then Bridgwater Town, before being appointed at Taunton in August 2012.

 

He oversaw a successful six-year spell for the Somerset outfit, guiding the Peacocks to the Southern Division One South & West play-offs for three successive seasons before clinching the league title the following year in the 2017/18 campaign, winning the championship with over 100 points and just one league defeat out of 42 fixtures – which also included being the only side across the UK to go unbeaten in all away matches in all competitions.

 

Robinson left Taunton in September 2018 with the side in second place in the Southern Premier South to take over at then-Vanarama National League South Truro, where he improved results over a seven-month spell and was also named manager of the month for November 2018 before leaving in March 2019 with new owners taking over the club.

 

Herrera had been part of Plymouth Argyle’s academy set-up for the previous two seasons before joining Dorchester.

 

An accomplished professional footballer during his playing days, the full-back started his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Fulham, going on to make over 100 appearances for both the Cottagers and his home-town club Torquay United, followed by spells at a non-League clubs across the south including Merthyr Tydfil, Taunton Town and Bideford.

 

Following the end of his playing career, Herrera, who holds a UEFA A coaching licence, worked with Torquay’s youth team and then went on to spend two years as the Gulls assistant manager, before being appointed in March 2018 as Plymouth academy’s professional development phase lead coach for players aged 17 to 21.

 

Joining Herrera (pictured) is former Plymouth Argyle legend Kevin Hodges, who had a 40-year association with the Argyle as player and manager, as the new assistant manager, and Brian Churchill who will combine his current role with the under-23s as well as becoming first team coach.

 

Robinson stepped down from his role due to work commitments which would have impacted on his management duties for the club.

 

Speaking on his decision, Robinson told https://dorchestertownfc.co.uk: “I’m disappointed to be leaving a really great football club but having had two weeks to reflect, the rest of this season is either going to be extended, or incredibly condensed and looking ahead I don’t think my commitments outside of football will allow me to give the club the commitment it deserves. With this enforced break it seems like a good time to step aside and hand over to someone who can, whilst also giving the club time to get things in place.

 

“It is slightly annoying and ironic because the finances at the club and the plans for first-team budget investment after this lockdown will be the best they’ve been since I’ve been here, however, hopefully, that gives Robbie a platform to come in and push on.

 

“Despite some inevitable blips, I feel the team is making progress, is better equipped than when I arrived, and I’m gutted I won’t have chance to finish the rebuild. I’m sure all managers at this level would agree that they need their personal/work circumstances to marry up with football in order to work effectively and at the moment, mine simply don’t.

 

“I can’t speak highly enough of the club and players who’ve been great to work with and wishing everyone at the club all the best in the future”.

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Change At Dorchester Helm
Change At Dorchester Helm
Saturday 21 November 20 I 09:48:23
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Robinson and Herrera joined the Magpies in early January 2020 as manager and coach and head of development respectively.

 

Former Taunton Town and Truro City boss Robinson started his managerial career as joint manager of Wellington and then Bridgwater Town, before being appointed at Taunton in August 2012.

 

He oversaw a successful six-year spell for the Somerset outfit, guiding the Peacocks to the Southern Division One South & West play-offs for three successive seasons before clinching the league title the following year in the 2017/18 campaign, winning the championship with over 100 points and just one league defeat out of 42 fixtures – which also included being the only side across the UK to go unbeaten in all away matches in all competitions.

 

Robinson left Taunton in September 2018 with the side in second place in the Southern Premier South to take over at then-Vanarama National League South Truro, where he improved results over a seven-month spell and was also named manager of the month for November 2018 before leaving in March 2019 with new owners taking over the club.

 

Herrera had been part of Plymouth Argyle’s academy set-up for the previous two seasons before joining Dorchester.

 

An accomplished professional footballer during his playing days, the full-back started his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Fulham, going on to make over 100 appearances for both the Cottagers and his home-town club Torquay United, followed by spells at a non-League clubs across the south including Merthyr Tydfil, Taunton Town and Bideford.

 

Following the end of his playing career, Herrera, who holds a UEFA A coaching licence, worked with Torquay’s youth team and then went on to spend two years as the Gulls assistant manager, before being appointed in March 2018 as Plymouth academy’s professional development phase lead coach for players aged 17 to 21.

 

Joining Herrera (pictured) is former Plymouth Argyle legend Kevin Hodges, who had a 40-year association with the Argyle as player and manager, as the new assistant manager, and Brian Churchill who will combine his current role with the under-23s as well as becoming first team coach.

 

Robinson stepped down from his role due to work commitments which would have impacted on his management duties for the club.

 

Speaking on his decision, Robinson told https://dorchestertownfc.co.uk: “I’m disappointed to be leaving a really great football club but having had two weeks to reflect, the rest of this season is either going to be extended, or incredibly condensed and looking ahead I don’t think my commitments outside of football will allow me to give the club the commitment it deserves. With this enforced break it seems like a good time to step aside and hand over to someone who can, whilst also giving the club time to get things in place.

 

“It is slightly annoying and ironic because the finances at the club and the plans for first-team budget investment after this lockdown will be the best they’ve been since I’ve been here, however, hopefully, that gives Robbie a platform to come in and push on.

 

“Despite some inevitable blips, I feel the team is making progress, is better equipped than when I arrived, and I’m gutted I won’t have chance to finish the rebuild. I’m sure all managers at this level would agree that they need their personal/work circumstances to marry up with football in order to work effectively and at the moment, mine simply don’t.

 

“I can’t speak highly enough of the club and players who’ve been great to work with and wishing everyone at the club all the best in the future”.

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