BRIDPORT have appointed Jamie Manley as their new manager.

Manley, who has enjoyed successful spells with Chard Town and Sherborne Town in the Western League, joins alongside assistant Kevin Leigh plus player-coach Gary McAuley.

The trio replace former boss Rich Robson and his lieutenant Ryan Dovell - the latter's status as a player yet to be decided.

Manley and his backroom staff will take charge in tomorrow's Toolstation Western League Premier Division clash at Chipping Sodbury Town (3pm).

News of Manley's arrival had spread quickly after Robson's resignation last night, with the Bees moving to announce the news this evening, rather than Monday.

Summarising events of the past 24 hours in a brief statement, chairman Adrian Scadding said: "After a lengthy board meeting held at Bridport FC last night with Richard Robson & Ryan Dovell to discuss recent results & other football related matters, Richard handed in his resignation on the grounds that he was unable to attract more experienced players to the team at this moment in time.

"His resignation will take place with immediate effect.

"Bridport would like to take this opportunity to wish Richard & Ryan all the best in the future.

"Today we have appointed a new management team.

"They will be Jamie Manley and Kevin Leigh with player-coach Gary McAuley.

"Jamie will step in (tomorrow) in charge of the game away to Chipping Sodbury Town."

Bridport have endured a difficult start to the new season under Robson, losing eight of 10 games after former boss Adam Fricker stepped down.

*Read Jamie Manley's first interview with Echosport on Monday.