Cass to step down after Muratti

Cass to step down after Muratti
Martin Cassidy (right) has led Jersey to three consecutive Muratti Vase final wins

When Martin Cassidy sends his troops out into battle in next month's Muratti Vase final, it'll be his last selection as Jersey boss.

After nearly seven years in the role, the Scot has confirmed he's to relinquish his position as the island's men's manager following the match against the old rival Guernsey, on 13 May, less than two months before the Island Games tournament gets underway.

"We are extremely sorry to see Martin leave, as he has shown such dedication to the role throughout his time with the JFA," said Jersey Football Association president Bradley Vowden, in a statement announcing the news.

"The achievements of the team under Martin's management speak for themselves, and we had some unbelievable moments under his guidance."

Cassidy took over as manager from former Aston Villa boss Brian Little in 2016, and has led Jersey to three Muratti Vase triumphs in a row either side of the pandemic, in 2018, 2019 and 2022. He'll be hoping to sign off with a fourth, at Footes Lane, in just a fortnight's time. It would be a fitting way to bow out.

He said: "There is no good time to leave a role you are passionate about. But there is a right time and I feel that moment has arrived for me. Family and work commitments mean it is difficult for me to give 100% this summer, as I know from experience what the role demands.

"I'm proud of my achievements and the success we have had during my time, and thank all the players, coaches and other volunteers who have supported me."

St Peter manager Elliot Powell, who this month led the parish club to their first Jersey league title for 17 years, will take temporary charge for the Island Games, which kicks off on 9 July in Guernsey. Powell was part of Cassidy's coaching team for the recent Muratti semi-final win over Alderney.