Wiffin takes over as Athletic boss

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FOOTBALL: Damien Wiffin has been appointed Buckingham Athletic’s new manager.

The Winslow United boss, a former player with Athletic for many years, will take over when Jim Gunn steps down after the last game of the season against Kings Langley this Saturday.

Wiffin has been with South Midlands Division Two side Winslow for two years, just missing out on promotion with them in his first season, but this campaign they struggled to reach their full potential and look like finishing lower down the table, although there is still an outside chance they could go up.

Wiffin said: “I have enjoyed my time at Winslow and am looking forward to the challenge of managing Buckingham Athletic.

“Athletic have had a difficult season with the previous manager leaving them in the lurch at the start of the campaign. Jim Gunn came in and did a fantastic job in keeping them safe from relegation in a tough division.

“Athletic is a step up into a higher division from Winslow and I am looking forward to a good pre-season, taking the club forward and building a successful team.

“They are a thriving club, with the club extension a big success and new changing rooms soon to be installed.

“I have fond memories of playing there from the age of 15 until I was 28 and have a lot of contacts at the club.”

He said he was sad to be leaving Winslow and had a good relationship with chairman Colin O’Dell but felt it was time to move on to pastures new.

A Buckingham Athletic spokeman said the club would like to thank Jim Gunn and his assistant Paul Warnecki for their hard work and wished them both well in the future.