King’s Lynn Town Football Club are pleased to announce that both Rob Back and Neil Fryatt are to continue in their role as joint managers of the club’s first team.
Following talks with chairman Stephen Cleeve, a deal has been agreed seeing the pair working on a monthly rolling contract basis, managing the first team whilst carrying on with their existing roles within the club.
Linnets chairman Mr Cleeve said: "I have taken my time with this decision and thought about the situation very deeply ever since removing Simon Clark from his role as manager.
"I have also taken advice from people within the football world locally and nationally as well as seeking the opinions of some of the senior club officials at The Walks.
"Initially, I had no hesitation turning to both Rob and Neil when we needed some breathing space and stability following Simon’s dismissal and I now have no hesitation in making their tenure of the job a more permanent one.
"After the home draw with Histon, the team were on the seat of their pants but since then we have seen a tremendous display of attacking football at Histon in the cup replay, a determined point collected at Halesowen and an assured team performance to earn another cup win last weekend.
"In their short spell in charge they have transformed the team back to the one we all enjoyed watching last season.
"At the same time they have put the smile back on the faces of our supporters who were understandably upset and disappointed with our early-season performances.
"Both are proud local men who have blue and gold passing through their veins and at this particular moment I see no better men for the job.
"We still have much to do in the league, beginning with what will be a tough fixture against Banbury United on Saturday.
"Neither they or myself are under any illusions as to the difficult task that is in front of us, but I now believe we have the correct men in place to stabilise the ship and move us forward as the season unfolds.
"Finally I would like to thank the supporters for their patience whilst I made this decision.
"I would now urge you to get fully behind Neil, Rob and the team as we enter a very important set of fixtures."
On the duo's appointment, Back said: "Neil and myself wish to thank Stephen for giving us the opportunity to manage this wonderful club.
"Six weeks ago I would have laughed at you had you said that come October you will be managing King’s Lynn Town, but now we are and it goes to show how unpredictable football can be.
"Neil and myself will continue to do what we have been doing over the past few weeks and will change nothing.
"We will make the decisions together as we have before and there’s no him or me about us, it really is a joint partnership.
"There are parts of the job that Neil doesn’t like that I do and the same the other way round.
"We have known each other for many years in various roles and the chance to manage our local team was just too good an opportunity to decline. We will continue in our other roles which we currently hold.
"We both know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to climb the league but we are blessed here with a truly talented squad who want to do well and achieve success.
"The supporters have been great to date and I would like to thank them for their kind messages since we have been in charge. "There will be some difficult times ahead but we will be striving to give you the team and results your excellent backing deserves. "Now we must prepare for the challenges ahead, beginning with the visit of Banbury on Saturday."