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Dan Gillespie quits Shortwood United as manager to join Swindon Supermarine

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Shortwood manager Dan Gillespie has stepped away from his managerial position to join Southern League Premier Division Swindon Supermarine.

Gillespie has joined new Marine boss Stuart Fleetwood after the former Forest Green, Charlton Athletic and Luton Town striker took up the managerial reigns on Wednesday. Gillespie previously worked with Fleetwood in a coaching role at Yate Town.

The decision comes with Wood sitting third in the Hellenic League Division One table and unbeaten in nine matches.

Gillespie joined Shortwood at the start of the season after coaching stints with Gala Wilton, Newent Town and Yate Town.

Shortwood face Longlevens at home in the FA Vase on Saturday and will be led by Gillespie’s former backroom staff of Matt Tunley, Andrew Moody and Marcus Foxwell, who are expected to take the club forward following Gillespie’s exit.

A club statement said: “Dan Gillespie has left Shortwood management with mutual consent to take up an assistant role to Stuart Fleetwood at Swindon Supermarine, who play in the Southern League Premier Division, to further his management career.

“Dan and his management team have done wonders in short period of time with a new team of players and after 14 games Shortwood sit third in the Hellenic table, only losing two competitive league games so far.

“Shortwood would like to thank Dan and wish him all the very best in his new venture.

“The team will go into Saturday’s FA Vase game at home to Longlevens with Matt Tunley, Andrew Moody and Marcus Foxwell now taking charge for the future and hopefully carry on the fine momentum shown early season.”

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