Garry May to replace Steve Bishop as Somerset Rebels team manager
Steve Bishop has announced he is to stand down as Cases Somerset Rebels team manager.
Bishop said he is leaving his position with the Oaktree Arena side due to increased work and home commitments.
Assistant Garry May will now take charge of the Rebels for the 2013 season.
Bishop said: “This has not been an easy decision for me to make and I have thought long and hard about it, but increasing work and home commitments have meant that I cannot really devote the time necessary to the role.
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“I work as a one of the greenkeepers at a local golf course, which involves an early start to my working day, usually at 7am, but on many occasions I wasn’t getting home from midweek away matches until something like 2am or 3am, meaning that I was only getting a few hours sleep before having to get up again to get ready for work.
“It also meant that I had to leave work early on a number of occasions in order to make sure I got to those away matches in time, and that wasn’t being fair to my employers, even though they were very understanding.
“On top of that, I was becoming increasingly reliant on other people, mainly my parents, to sort my two lads out for things such as school, and now that both of the boys are also getting more involved with playing for their local junior football teams I felt that I wanted, and needed, to devote more time to them.
“This doesn’t mean that fans will no longer see me at the Oaktree Arena, but it won’t be every Friday night.
"When I am there I am more than happy to support Garry, who will take over from me as the main team manager. I think he’s ready for the role now having served his apprenticeship under me."
Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock said: “Although we were aware that ‘Bish’ was having to juggle many balls in the air order to keep going as team manager, it still came as somewhat of a shock when he advised that he wanted to step down from the position.
"But family must come first and although it is with a heavy heart, we fully respect Steve’s decision. His contribution to the club both as a rider and then as team manager has been immense.”
New team manager May said: “Steve has been a great bloke to work with and had become a real mate.
"We worked really well as team and what he doesn’t know about the sport isn’t worth knowing, especially when helping out the younger guys in the team.
"It is good to know that Steve will still be around in the pits to help out as and when time permits.”