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Thomas departs Clapton but admits he’ll miss everything about being part of the club

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 October 2017

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (left) and former assistant Andre Thomas look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (left) and former assistant Andre Thomas look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton coach Andre Thomas has left the club after landing the assistant manager’s job at Bostik North side Barking this week.

The former assistant manager has moved on after the Tons appointed Wayne Seal as assistant manager and coaches Colin Reid and Chris Davis in recent weeks.

Thomas is sad to be leaving the club but excited to start a new challenge and make a step up the football ladder.

“I’m sad but excited. I compare it to the feeling you have when you leave year six to go into year seven,” he said.

“It’s a step you have to take to progress and want to take, but doesn’t change the fact you still need to say your goodbyes to people that have helped you over the years whilst you’re excited to meet the new individuals that are going to help you progress and improve.”

The former St Bonaventure’s pupil who has gone up through the ranks from coaching the youth, the reserves to the first-team, revealed the move feels right.

“Change always happens, especially in football so you have to understand that and be flexible whilst also being true to yourself.

“All I can say is joining Barking at this time feels right.”

He is also backing the club to have a strong season and revealed how special the Clapton Ultras are to play in front of.

“They’ll do well, there’s too much quality on that pitch for them not to and I hope they do,” Thomas said.

“It’s Incredible as I’ve said many times it’s unheard of for an assistant manager to have their own song but that’s what the Clapton Ultras do.

“They make the unknown, known, the unheard, heard and the best even better.

“I’ll miss them but when I can, I’ll always go watch and support.

“I know the lyrics to a few of the songs as well so I’ll get to show my singing voice.”

Thomas also admitted he’ll miss the club and all the little things about it.

“Loads of things, starting from seeing Ronny, Gordan and Shelley in the clubhouse as I arrive, talking to them and trying to make them laugh and relax instead of worrying about things.

“I’ll miss the unsung heroes who do what needs to be done, but I’ll miss the supporters and The Scaffold.

“When it comes to atmosphere, I’m putting The Scaffold up there with your Matthew Harding stands and Stretford End stands.”

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