Newport IW’s first team manager Andy Sampson has stepped down from his role with immediate effect.

The news comes after The Port’s latest result, a two-nil defeat to Cowes Sports FC on Monday (28).

Sampson was appointed first team manager at Newport IW FC back in 2015.

During his tenure, he led the side to victory in two IW Senior Gold Cup finals and took them to the Sydenhams Wessex Football League Cup final in the 2015/16 season- where they finished runners up.

He also guided The Port to a place in the last 16 of the FA Vase during the same season.

However, the Sydenhams Wessex league side have failed to continue their success this season, picking up only four points from five games so far- with back to back defeats to Andover and Cowes Sports.

They were also knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round replay away to Guildford City FC with a three-nil defeat away from home.

Chairman of the club, Stuart Ross, has thanked Sampson for his time in the role:

“On behalf of Newport IW FC we would like to thank Andy Sampson for his time, dedication and commitment to the club. Andy has been a leader throughout his time as first team manager, I know the whole squad are grateful for the opportunities that Andy has given them. We wish Andy all the very best of luck for the future.”

First team players, Gary Streeter and Darren Powell, will take over the reigns on a temporary basis whilst the club search for a permanent replacement.

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