Barry Yeo to step down as Barnstaple Town manager at the end of the season

Yeo to step down after three and a half years and almost 200 games in charge.

Barry Yeo will step down as the manager of Barnstaple Town at the end of the season.

Yeo posted a statement on Twitter following Barum’s 4-2 defeat at North Leigh in the Southern League last night (Tuesday).

In that message, Yeo said the decision had been a very hard one, but was ‘100 per cent the right one’.

He said: “I have given everything I have in the last three and a half years along with Baggs to take BTFC to where they are now.

“It’s been an honour to manage my home town and I have to thank so many people.

“The support I have had has been amazing. The supporters, my wife, my family, my friends, the players, the volunteers and so many more.

“I had a plan to try and make this club a very competitive Toolstation League side but ended up achieving so much more and wanted to do it with local players, which we did and now that we are safe for another season in the Southern League it’s time for someone else to take over.

“The players I have had in the past three and a half years have been credit to themselves, me and the whole club and will go down in the club’s history books.

“I need to say the biggest thank you to Baggs who has been with me every step of the way and together we achieved all this and without him it would not have happened.

“So to the supporters you’ve all been amazing, I can’t thank you guys enough.

“I will give everything till the final game and nothing less. Many thanks to you all.”

In three and a half years, Yeo took the club from Division One of the Toolstation Western League up to where they are now in Division One South and West of the Southern League – doing so with back-to-back promotions.

His final game in charge on April 22 at Shortwood United will be his 196th in charge of Barnstaple Town.

Yeo has overseen 110 victories over that period.

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