Assistant manager leaves Seagulls

WESTON assistant manager Jon Haile has left the club to take up a post at a Championship club.

He has been replaced by Seagulls striker Marc McGregor as manager Craig Laird’s number two after two years at the Woodspring Stadium.

Despite his exit, Haile said he would still support Weston wherever he could.

A former associate schoolboy at AFC Bournemouth, Haile’s career at Stoke City was cut short by a serious knee ligament.

After spells with Mangotsfield United, Radstock Town, Welton Rovers and North Ryde, he started his coaching education in the Netherlands in 1996.

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He has coached youth continent in Holland and England, and has also had spells coaching in the Women’s Premier League in the UK.

He has also had spells coaching at Bitton and Almondsbury Town, and is currently starting work to obtain his UEFA A Licence.

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Haile has been offered a position at an unnamed Championship club to become their head of youth recruitment.

Laird has moved quickly to replace Haile, and has appointed 33-year-old striker McGregor as his replacement.

McGregor rejoined Weston for his fourth spell at the club last year.

He scored on his debut, and despite being a regular off the bench for the Seagulls he has decided to make the first step into coaching while he is still playing.

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