IT HAS been a week of managerial change in the New Forest, with Bashley and Brockenhurst on the hunt for new bosses.

On Wednesday Wessex Premier League outfit Brockenhurst announced that long-serving manager Pat McManus would be stepping down at the end of the campaign, following the conclusion of their Southampton Senior Cup campaign.

In a statement, Brockenhurst chairman Chris Panayi said: “I am greatly saddened to announce that after 11 years and over 500 games of extremely loyal service, Patrick McManus will be leaving Brockenhurst FC.

“Pat has gone way beyond being a manager of our club. He has been a mentor and shining example to each of the players who represented BFC during his illustrious tenure.

“What Pat has done for the Badgers has put us on the footballing map, brought the club huge success, admiration and respect from the footballing community.

“It has been my pleasure and honour to have worked closely with Pat during the past three years and during that time I have got to know him as our manager and above all as a friend.

“The club I am certain, would wish to commemorate Pat's tenure with Brockenhurst FC and to thank him for everything that he has done for the club and all the players and coaches who were fortunate to have worked with him. More news on this soon.

“Pat will remain with the club until such time as the club's commitment to the Southampton Senior Cup is concluded.

“Finally, Brockenhurst FC and all those associated with our club wish to thank Pat McManus for his exceptional service to our club and wish him the greatest of success for whatever he wishes to do in the future.”

The next day Ollie Cherrett took to social media to announce his own resignation from Southern League Division South side Bashley.

Posting on Twitter, Cherrett shared: “After discussions (Thursday) afternoon, I have resigned with immediate effect as manager of Bashley.

“I like to thank the players for all their efforts and the core supporters for support home and away.

“I wish the club good luck for the future.”

Bashley’s final game of the season against Westbury will be led by players Brad Morris, Lewis Ross and Dan Thompson, assisted by Paul Diggins, Ryan White, Alex Rose, Jenna Good and Reighan Taylor.

Appointed as Matt Tubbs’ replacement in September, Cherrett helped Bashley to preserve their Southern League status for another season.