Former referee Michael has joined the Nyewood Lane set-up as an assistant to general manager Simon Cook and has been working behind the scenes to help at what he describes as “a premier footballing establishment in Sussex and one of the most highly respected Step 3 clubs in England”.

Simon explained: “We’re delighted to welcome Michael to the club. He has been officiating in the National League and has decided to call time on his refereeing career in order to become fully involved with a local club.

“He has experience in football includes working full-time in strategic management roles with the Sussex County Football Association and Russell Martin Foundation.

“Michael has quickly settled into life at the club and attended every first team home and away match over the last couple of months of last season. The plan is for us to work closely together and for him to steadily take on additional responsibilities and projects.”

Michael says it has been a pleasure to be welcomed into the Bognor Regis Town community. He added: “Last season presented many positives, whether it be our men’s team reaching the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup Final, our women’s team winning the Sussex Women’s Challenge Trophy and securing promotion from the Sussex County Women’s Premier League, the vast successes achieved by our outstanding youth section or the individual contributions evidenced by our invaluable volunteers.

“Bognor Regis Town is a premier footballing establishment in Sussex and one of the most highly respected Step 3 clubs in England, driven by a passionate supporter base, online and on matchday, which would be the envy of any non-league club. During my short association, I have recognised the great potential the club has in achieving on-field and off-field successes, it presents an exciting time for any person to be joining the club’s journey.

“The culture of our club is underpinned by financial security and sustainability – I have the upmost respect for Jack Pearce and Simon in the leadership they have provided over many years, acting as our own metaphorical ‘Rock’. The club is fortunate to benefit from an array of responsible custodians, many of whom I’ve had enjoyment meeting, no organisation exists for 140 years without showcasing an ability to ‘roll with the punches’ and take decisions in the best interests of the club.

“The club demonstrates organisational values which I share and I will endorse building a club which looks forward, embraces its many assets and, most importantly, works smart.”