Andy Leese leaves Enfield Town FC after six years as manager

Decision comes after the Towners miss out on a play-off spot in the Isthmian Premier Division

Andy Leese in the dugout at QE2 Stadium
Andy Leese in the dugout at QE2 Stadium

Enfield Town FC and manager Andy Leese have “agreed to part company with immediate effect” following a disappointing end to the season.

The Towners missed out on a play-off place in the Isthmian Premier Division after failing to win any of their last six league games, eventually finishing ninth. It meant the team were unable to improve on last year, when they finished third but were knocked out in the semi-finals of the play-offs.

Last night (Wednesday 27th) Enfield Town released a statement confirming the departure of Andy, who had managed the club for six years. It said that after taking over in May 2017, Andy had steered Town through “an initial rebuild and the two Covid-interrupted seasons” before “guiding the club into the play-offs and our highest-ever league finish in the 2021/22 campaign”.

The club also won a trophy under Leese, with the Towners claiming the Isthmian League Cup in 2019, while there were also good cup runs achieved in 2017 in the FA Cup (fourth qualifying round) and a record run to the third round of the FA Trophy in 2021.

Enfield Town chairman Paul Reed said: “Both personally and on behalf of the club I would like to thank Andy and his staff for all of their efforts during his time at the club. He’s given us many highs and fantastic performances, putting together a team that our supporters could be proud of.

“Andy has always proven himself to be a honourable, hard-working and talented manager who has constantly had the best interests of the club at heart. On a personal level we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship and I truly appreciate his enormous contribution to our club over the past six seasons.”