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Colchester legend Kemal Izzet appointed as manager of Isthmian League side

Former Colchester United captain Kemal Izzet has been appointed as the new first team manager of Brightlingsea Regent.

He replaces Tom Rothery who resigned in September and was unveiled at the Isthmian League Premier Division side on Tuesday night.

Brightlingsea currently sit 19th in the table with 9 points from 12 games.

Chairman Terry Doherty said: “We are delighted to welcome Kem to the Regent”

“He’s a well qualified young coach, who is ambitious and driven which is a perfect fit for the Regent.”

“He has experience of step three, having played at the level when at Needham Market”

“Therefore he knows what it takes to perform at this level.”

“Kem has good contacts in non-league and the pro game, which will help when it comes to recruitment”

“I’m excited for the future, looking forward to seeing Kem settle in at the Taydal Stadium and driving the team back up the table”

Izzet made 473 appearances for Colchester United and captained the team that won promotion to the Championship in 2006.

He then moved to Needham Market, played 120 times and then became their head of youth.

His role as academy manager was effectively removed following restructuring, in May 2017, Izzet was appointed manager of Eastern Counties League club Stanway Rovers.

For the last two seasons, he was head coach of East Thurrock United under manager John Coventry, he played a part in Essex Senior Cup glory last term.


After announcing that Kemal Izzet has become the new manager of Brightlingsea, fans took to give their reaction with many left pleased with the news – see what they tweeted on the next page.


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