Postman to deliver new era at Wakes

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The next manager of Bourne Town Football Club Raffaele Mazzarella has revelled his plans for the Wakes next season.

Mazzarella will take over as first team manager for the start of the 2014/15 season.

PNS Reserves are currently second in the UCL reserve league having lost just once this season.

Mazzarella has also guided them to the reserve KO Cup final.

The Wakes released a club statement on Monday night which said: “After lots of speculation, the club have, with the blessings of his current club and himself, taken the step to name Darren’s replacement.

“Raffaele Mazzarella, currently manager at PNS Reserves, will take over at the end of the season.”

Mazzarella, 34, is a postman from Peterborough.

The Level 2 coach has five seasons of junior football, plus a season and a half of senior football coaching and management under his belt after coaching his son.

Mazzarella said: “With a few of the boys now at Bourne and with a few of the young boys I will bring in during 
pre-season, we should be a strong side.

“I am confident of doing reasonably well next year and should get a mid-table finish. Anything better than that will be a bonus.

“They have got no budget and they are competing against teams with budgets so it is tough.”

Mazzarella said he is hoping to bring a more attractive brand of football to the Abbey Lawn when he takes over at the club.

He said: “My teams are known for playing well and I have had good feedback from other managers about our style. I hope to bring that to Bourne.

“I know it is tough in that league, playing against some big sides who are physical, but I think we can do it.”

He added: “I think we will do really well. It is a nice little club and it is my favourite ground we have played at this year.”

“It has definitely got potential but we need to get more people through the gates.”

Current Bourne Town boss Darren Munton resigned as manager at Christmas but said he would stay on until a replacement could be found.

Munton had previously quit in September but was persuaded to stay at the ChromaSport UCL Division One outfit a few days later.

But in December, after a 4-0 loss to Eynesbury on December 28 which followed a 6-2 thrashing by Harrowby on Boxing Day, Munton decided it was time for him to stand aside.

He handed in a written resignation which has been accepted by the club but he agreed to stay on as manager until the end of the season to ease the transition after the club held interviews for the position in January.

The club’s committee selected a candidate for the position but chose not to announce his name until now.

Munton has been involved with the Wakes as a player, coach or manager for more than 20 years.

He said he will continue to work at the club in some capacity.

Bourne are currently 20th in the league after weeks of games being postponed and abandoned because of the wet weather.

Tomorrow they face Burton Park Wanderers at 2.30pm on the Abbey Lawn.