SHAUN Annetts will lead Bridport for his final Toolstation Western League Premier Division game in charge of the Bees as keeper against Clevedon Town on Saturday (3pm).
Annetts will receive a home start from the St Mary’s Field faithful, with the longtime manager set to take a break from the game this summer.
Future boss Edgar Marcu will take over the reins at Bridport after Annetts leaves – provided he is not banned for his red card at Tavistock.
It is understood that Bridport is awaiting news on the seriousness of a possible ban on Marcu, which could spill over into next season.
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But Annetts will lead the Bees in his final game of the season – having featured throughout a tumultuous season that yielded just one win and one draw.
He told the Bridport News: “It’s my last game, it’s been incredibly difficult – since my time with Rob (Marquis, ex-boss).
“It was obvious to me that it was going to be a difficult season. Fair play to Rob for accepting it. Very quickly it turned out that we were not going to attract the necessary players.
“It happened over Christmas, they decided to part ways with Rob and left me in charge. Since then the club made the decision to cut the budget and we lost a few along the way.
“But I have a core group of guys who have stuck with me and the club despite everything. They are the ones I want to thank the most.
“I spoke to Edgar and he is happy that I chose his side. I will definitely pick the guys who have been to places like Helston, Mousehole and Tavistock twice.
“I just want one more game where I can be in charge and enjoy the game. To get there, there were many times when I thought we wouldn’t make it to the end of the season.
“Chris (Herbst) and Sam (Day) in the reserves have done their part, without a doubt. They have been very supportive of me.
“The arrival of Edgar with his contacts also helped. There have been dark days in the past four months, I can assure you.
“But we narrowly got there and avoided having to retire from the league.
“So, I’m looking forward to it. I’m sad in some ways, but I need a little break from the stress and tension. The piece of real football is easy.
“I just hope those guys who are going to play on Saturday will be successful. They deserve success in the coming seasons.
The Bridport players look likely to make themselves available for selection in Annetts’ final game but Mike Hill (knee) is doubtful with injury.