The Jersey FA can today confirm that Martin Cassidy will relinquish his post as Senior Island Men’s Manager after the Muratti Vase on 13 May. Martin leaves the role after five successful years which has seen him win three Muratti’s and the FA Inter League Trophy.
Jersey FA President, Bradley Vowden, said: "We are extremely sorry to see Martin leave as he has shown such dedication to the role throughout his time with the JFA. The achievements of the team under Martin’s management speak for themselves and we have had some unbelievable moments under his guidance. We will always be grateful to him for everything he has given to the Island side."
As well as being Senior Island Manager, Cassidy is involved in numerous other roles in local football including Head of Futsal Jersey which he is aiming to further develop. This has prompted his decision to step back from his role with the JFA.
Cassidy said: "There is no good time to leave a role you are passionate about. But there is a right time and I feel that moment has arrived for me. Family and work commitments make it difficult for me to give a 100% this summer, as I know from experience what the role demands.
"I’m proud of my achievements and the success we have had during my time and thank all the players, coaches and other volunteers who have supported me. We are a successful team with good players and my focus over the next 2 weeks is the Muratti Final."
Cassidy will not be travelling with Jersey’s squad for the Island Games in Guernsey this summer, with that caretaker task being put into the hands of current Jersey FA coach and St Peter’s FC manager Elliot Powell. Following the games, the JFA will advertise for a permanent replacement for Cassidy.
Bradley Vowden added: "With the Island Games just round the corner, it was important that we had continuity for the tournament. Elliot has been heavily involved in the selection of the provisional squad which has been submitted to the Island Games Association, and we felt that it would not be fair to bring in a new manager at this late stage who would obviously want to pick their own players."