With Neil Vatcher taking a new role with the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB) from the 1st October, it has been confirmed that due to a conflict of interest he will be standing down from his role as Team Manager of the Wightlink Warriors.
Vatcher will step down after the Isle of Wight’s last fixture for the 2016 season at Buxton on Sunday 9th October.
In a statement Neil has said:
“Unfortunately, it will not be possible to be associated with any club once I have taken the new role with the SCB, and after the end of the Warriors 2016 fixtures that are completed on the 9th October, I will stand down from my position with the club.
“I would like to go on record to thank both Barry Bishop and Martin Widman for giving me the opportunity of managing the club during what has been a successful season retuning back the sport to the Island.
“Also I would like to thank all the riders who have competed for the club this year for their efforts, and also thank you to all the supporters and sponsors who have made 2016 such an amazing year. With the Isle of Wight still being my local team, no doubt I will be visiting the Island during the course of the 2017 season, and will be looking forward to that.
“Finally I would like to wish everyone connected with the Island much success for the future, and have no doubt that speedway will continue on the Island for many years to come”.
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Warriors co-promoter Barry Bishop added:
“I am sure I speak for everyone connected with the club when I say how proud we are for Neil with his new role at the SCB. We are sure he will be an extremely valuable asset to British Speedway in that position and we wish him every success. Of course, it is indeed with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Neil as our team manager but I am sure that the acorn he helped plant will continue to flourish as we build towards 2017.
“Once the 2016 campaign is completed we can start the discussions with those who express interest to manage the 2017 Warriors and I have to say applications have begun already.
“Martin and I would like to thank Neil for all the effort, guidance and support he gave us as we embarked upon and completed our first season in control of the most wonderful club.
“It’s simple, we shall miss him”.
The Warriors’ awards and end of season party will take place on Saturday 15th October in the Premier Lounge at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium from 19:00. It promises to be a fitting celebration of the club’s first season and will include resident DJ Phil Lynch providing the music and compere Chris Popple hosting a night of fun including karaoke, rider awards, buffet, grand raffle and much much more.
Tickets are just £5 per adult and kids, as always with the Warriors, will be admitted free with a paying adult.