Jamie Relph Leaves Tamworth Academy After Successful Two Years

Jamie Relph has stepped down from his role as Tamworth Development Squad manager, the club have announced.

It comes as Relph admits he couldn’t commit fully to the Lambs due to ongoing uncertainty in his work commitments away from football.

He initially arrived at Tamworth from Coleshill, and worked alongside Gary Smith and Gareth Zimmerman with the Tamworth under-21s – before stepping up to manage the Development Squad in their first season in the MFL Division Four.

With Relph at the helm, the Development Squad found resounding success, finishing the halted season top of the league having won all but one of their 11 league games, drawing the other.

They also had no trouble finding the net, either. In all competitions, his squad bagged 99 goals, a mean feat for their first season in men’s football.

It’s a season that has seen Ryan Tait already make the progression into the Lambs’ first team for the coming season – with more expected to feature in pre-season.

Speaking to me on his departure, Relph said: “I was so excited for next season to carry on the amazing work we have done. It’s such a tough decision but for everyone concerned, it’s the right one to make.”

There will be a full interview with Jamie Relph in this week’s Tamworth Herald.

(Main Image: Kieran Riley)

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