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Ex-Coventry, Brighton, Oxford, Leyton Orient player resigns as Banbury manager

Ex-Coventry, Brighton, Oxford, Leyton Orient player Andy Whing resigns as Banbury United manager after three successful seasons.

The former defender guided them to the Southern League Premier Central title by 23 points for the 2021/22 season and finished 17th place in the National League North, having played at their highest level ever.

Whing signed a 2-year contract with Banbury in the summer of last year, but in a statement, Whing focused on his personal development, and said that he took the club as far he could.


May 22nd, 17:00 hours – After three hugely successful seasons at Banbury United Football Club, we announce today that the men’s first team manager, Andy Whing, has decided to resign from his position with immediate effect.

Ronnie Johnson, Chairman of Banbury United FC, said:

“This will be upsetting news to the Puritans faithful and I would like to assure our supporters that we have attempted to change Andy’s mind, giving him time to reconsider his decision. We share your extreme disappointment.

“Whilst bringing many exciting and enjoyable moments, the significant step up to The National League North, with its requirements and expectations, alongside rapid growth of the Club, has been challenging and a learning curve for us all this season.

“The Board of Directors respects Andy’s decision and we would like to go on record to thank him for his hard work and commitment during the last three years. Banbury United has seen the most successful period under Andy’s management. Andy’s first year was disrupted by Covid pandemic measures and he then went on to take the team to promotion to Step 2, to play football at our highest ever level.

“From all involved at the Club, we can only echo the immense gratitude that is regularly expressed by our great fan base. We wish Andy success in whatever he decides to do in the future. Andy and the Whing family will always be welcome at Banbury United Football Club, where he will enjoy our affection as the Club’s most successful manager to date.

“The current focus of the Board is to urgently recruit a replacement manager, in order to prepare for a successful 2023-24 season. Andy’s departure has undoubtedly added a short delay to player retention and recruitment plans and we will be working at full speed to build a team in good time for the opening of the National League North player registration window.”

Ronnie Johnson
On Behalf of Board
Banbury United FC


I would like to begin by thanking everyone connected with Banbury United Football Club for their love and support throughout my time at the club.

I am extremely proud of our achievements over the past 3 years; securing the club’s National League North status, then reaching the FA Cup Round 1 both last season and the previous season, before building a side that was competitive in the National League this season. At the start of my journey as Manager, I said that “ I cannot wait to get started in developing a football club that the community and fans can become even more proud of” and I hope that you all agree that I have put my heart and soul into delivering that promise.

To the incredible fanbase, you will always hold a place in my heart.

To the BUFC Board of Directors, I cannot thank you enough for your friendship and support, and for giving me the opportunity to manage this special club.

To my staff and players, thank you for giving me everything and for giving me satisfaction, on the way we have played, throughout our time together. I wish you all the best for next season and beyond.

I have taken this Club as far as I believe I can and I leave the Club, in a great position going forward.

I will now take time to rest, recharge and focus on my own personal development.

I am certain that the experience I have gained during my time with Banbury Utd will help me as I continue my coaching journey. I am proud to have been promoted whilst the BUFC manager, taking the club to its highest ever league position and I am both excited and ambitious to face my next challenge, wherever that shall be.

This is how Twitter users reacted with an announcement that the ex-Coventry, Brighton, Oxford, Leyton Orient player resigns as Banbury manager…

@SamsBUFC: All the best @Whingy2. Took us to levels we couldn’t even dream of 3 years ago.

@ethxann: Legend @Whingy2 all the best with whatever you go on to do!

@_sarax91: Huge blow but a manager who took the club to heights they never dreamed of. Been an honour to watch a squad he put together to make such great memories. All the best Andy.🔴🟡

@ch4zf1: I can’t believe it. @Whingy2 you will always be a legend in my eyes, thank you so much for everything

@CsongorBufc: Best of luck in whatever you do next Andy ❤️💛

@NickHillUTP: Thank you @Whingy2 I just wish the club would have backed you as much as the fans did

@ThePuritansarmy: Thank you andy 🟡🔴

@David_Liam9: Thank you for all that you’ve done Whingy 👏🏻 All the best for the future. Once a puritan, always a puritan.

@olloufc: shame that, did a hell of a job for them.

@mikeseat: Thank you @Whingy2. You’ve achieved things most banbury fans probably thought impossible. You’ll go far.

@Alky007: Newport Pagnell calling?

@dangreasby: back him or lose him we said…

@fromthetownend7: Gutted. He’s a legend. But we move on

@dabber1962: That will be a hard act to follow. He’s done a great job 👏👏

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