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Robbie Nightingale steps down as Cambridge City Manager

Cambridge City can announce that Robbie Nightingale is stepping down by mutual consent, from his post as the Cambridge City FC Manager. This announcement comes after a season fraught with challenges and disappointments, marking the end of a tenure characterised by both highs and lows.

From his beginnings as a player making his debut

in 1996 to his ascension to the managerial role in 2016, Robbie's commitment to the club has been unwavering. However, the past season has seen the team struggle to find their rhythm, with poor results on the pitch reflecting a deeper sense of uncertainty within the club.

Despite his best efforts, Robbie has been unable to steer Cambridge City back on course, prompting his decision to step down from the role of manager. The disappointment of the season's outcomes undoubtedly weighs heavily on his shoulders, but his departure also signals a moment of reflection for both himself and the club.

Many will be aware that the 2023/24 season was marred by the passing of Robbie's father Phil. Coupled with the strains of a change in his work life, and the continued difficulties associated with steering a football team through this period of uncertainty. Despite this Robbie continued to give his best efforts but came up short in the end.

The board would like to thank Robbie for his incredible contribution over the last 8 years, not only on the field while we were homeless and lacked the appropriate facilities, but also off it, providing the club with training facilities, equipment and many other ways in which he supported the off-field operations

Despite the season ending on a high with a win in the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup final, ultimately the results in the league were not there and Robbie has graciously bowed out before the move to Sawston by agreeing to end his tenure with the club.

In a final statement, Robbie would like to thank the board, his staff, the players and the supporters for their continued belief in the club that he loves. While bitterly disappointed that he couldn't bring success to the club, he remains a supporter and wishes great things for the everyone moving forward. Adding how proud and privileged he is to have led the team and maintained a step four status while other teams locally, with more resources were unable to do the same.

I am sure you will all join us in wishing Robbie all the best for the future and hope that we see him back in football soon, there will always be a warm welcome at Sawston.


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