CUR­TIS QUITS TO FIND NEW KING OF THE RING

The Non-League Football Paper - - RESULTS SERVICE - By Robin Jones

FOR­MER Premier League player and pro­fes­sional boxer Cur­tis Wood­house has quit as man­ager of North­ern Coun­ties East Premier Divi­sion side Bridling­ton Town.

Wood­house, 38, who has also man­aged Sh­effield, Goole and Hull United, re­signed from his post at the Seasiders so he could de­vote his time to run­ning his new Cur­tis Wood­house Elite Box­ing Acad­emy in nearby Driffield.

The for­mer Bri­tish light-wel­ter­weight cham­pion said: “I feel the time is right for me to step down as Bridling­ton Town first team man­ager.

“It’s a role I feel priv­i­leged to have held and one I have thor­oughly en­joyed but the de­mands on me have be­come too much and I’ve not been able to give the role any­where near 100 per cent and I’ve started to feel very jaded and at times ab­so­lutely shat­tered.

“I wouldn’t be the man I think I am if I took money for a job I wasn’t do­ing to the max­i­mum and I wouldn’t be able to look at our fan­tas­tic chair­man Peter Smurth­waite in the eye know­ing that I wasn’t able to give 100 per cent. Ev­ery­thing Peter promised to me he has de­liv­ered on and he de­serves more than what I can of­fer at this mo­ment in time.

“Queens­gate will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in my heart from play­ing there in cup fi­nals for Bridling­ton Rangers when I was just ten years old to man­ag­ing Bridling­ton Town.”

Coach Brett Agnew, 29, a for­mer Bridling­ton striker, has taken over the Seasiders on a care­taker ba­sis af­ter putting him­self for­ward. Fel­low play­er­coach An­thony Bowsley will as­sist him.

Wood­house played 368 games for clubs in­clud­ing Birm­ing­ham City and Sh­effield United and also won four caps with Eng­land at U21 level.

His de­ci­sion comes just weeks af­ter Wood­house also re­tired from box­ing for a sec­ond time af­ter 12 years in the ring.

SWITCH: Cur­tis Wood­house

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