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Former Norwich City striker Jamie Cureton leaves player-manager role at Bishop's Stortford

Jamie Cureton has expressed his sadness after leaving his player-manager position at Bishop's Stortford.

The 44-year-old striker, who is one of only 29 players in the world to have reached 1,000 competitive career appearances and has scored 380 goals, said on Twitter the club had told him he had "no future next season as a player or manager".

Cureton, who also banged in the goals for the likes of Norwich City, Bristol Rovers and Reading during his Premier League and Football League days, took overall charge as player-boss in October 2019 when Blues owner Steve Smith stepped down from his joint-manager role.

Jamie Cureton Picture: Nathan Cracknell
Jamie Cureton Picture: Nathan Cracknell

Stortford are 16th in the BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division ahead of tonight's scheduled visit from leaders Worthing and travel to 10th-placed Leatherhead this Saturday. They are currently on a seven-game winless run and have suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats to the bottom two.

Cureton tweeted: "It's with great sadness that my time at Bishop's Stortford has come to an end, the club have told me I have no future next season as a player or manager. I have had the best two years playing and managing your club, I thought this was going to be the club I'd retire at but it's not to be.

"Thank you to all the players I have played with and also managed, you have been a pleasure to work with. Thank you to all the staff members I have worked with along the way, your support and hard work was always appreciated.

Jamie Cureton celebrates scoring a late penalty as Bishop's Stortford beat East Thurrock United. Credit Nathan Cracknell. (28328147)
Jamie Cureton celebrates scoring a late penalty as Bishop's Stortford beat East Thurrock United. Credit Nathan Cracknell. (28328147)

"Thank you to all the staff members behind the scenes who work so hard and do jobs that no-one sees, you're a credit to the club and I've loved working alongside you all.

"Thank you Steve for giving me the opportunity to play and manage your club, it's been unbelievable. The buzz it has given me has helped me keep on playing and also given me so many great memories. I will miss you all."

In a statement, the club said Cureton, who arrived at the ProKit UK Stadium during the 2017-18 campaign, was leaving to join another club, but that the veteran forward would still be coaching the Blues' under-19s alongside coach Jim Duggan.

"It is with regret that Jamie Cureton has left Bishop's Stortford FC to join another club. An offer came in for Jamie last week and after sitting down with him he wanted assurances he would be with BSFC next season as a player or player/manager," said the club.

"We couldn't guarantee that at this moment in time but said we were happy for him to stay as a player for the remainder of the season.

"After a lot of thought Jamie decided it would be in his best interest to leave the club. We respect his decision and would like to place on record our thanks to him for all he has achieved whilst at the club.

"He will not be severing all ties with the club as he will continue to work alongside Jim Duggan coaching our academy under-19 side."

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