Former Cowes Sports manager Richie Woodburn has been appointed as the new boss of local-rivals East Cowes Vics.

He takes over the helm with the side second from bottom in Sydenhams Wessex Division One.

A club statement said Woodburn beat off competition from applicants of “extremely high calibre”:

“East Cowes Victoria football Club have appointed Richie Woodburn to be their new first team manager. The club received many applications which were of an extremely high calibre.

“Following the applications the club held interviews with all the candidates. Following interviews, the club deliberated for some time over who would be the best manager to take the club forward bearing in mind where we are currently situated in the league.

“We all look forward to welcoming and working alongside Richie.”

As previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio, former boss Steve Brougham stepped down from his role last month (October).

Woodburn previously managed Cowes Sports before departing in 2017.