Date: 19th June 2014 at 9:03pm
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Wimbledon have announced that U21 manager Shaun North has now left the club to take up the first team coaching role at Cheltenham Town.

He joined us last July and headed up our U21 development programme and he leaves with a lot of praise from manager Neal Ardley given all his work and efforts for us over the last year.

‘We thank Shaun for everything that he did with out U21 programme in its first season. He was a huge success, but this was a job that Shaun felt he could not turn down and it would have been wrong for us to have stood in his way.’

Knowing that this departure was likely coming, the club had already embarked on finding a replacement and interviews had already been taking place behind the scenes.

North said on his departure.

‘I’m really looking forward to starting life with Cheltenham Town. I’m disappointed to be leaving Wimbledon because I had a good time there but I’m really looking forward to the new season. This has given me the chance to work back at first team level and I have missed that over the last year. My time at Wimbledon was fantastic, the people there right throughout the club are unbelievable. What they have done in a short space of time is a miracle and the manager and staff have been fantastic to work with during my year. I cannot praise them highly enough and it was a very difficult decision to leave.’

As he departs, former defender Alan Reeves arrives as his replacement.

A former team mate of Ardley, playing for Wimbledon between 1994 and 1998, Reeves has recently completed his UEFA A licence revalidation course, and was previously employed by Brentford as their assistant manager when Scott Fitzgerald was in charge.

Ardley said that the 46 year old was the ideal replacement when he knew that North would be leaving, and he’s delighted to welcome him on board.

‘I’m absolutely delighted that Alan has accepted the role of our new U21 coach. Alan was interviewed for the job last year when Shaun got it and it was a very close call. Once it became clear that Shaun would be leaving the logical step was to speak to Alan and see if he was available.’

Ardley goes on to say that he has every confidence that Reeves will now build on and improve upon the great work that North did in his 12 months with us.

Source: Official Site.

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