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Dorchester Town's Avenue Stadium
Credit: Allsports International website

Morris looks to the future

Mark Morris' tenure as manager of Dorchester Town ended recently, and BBC Radio Solent's Kris Temple caught up with him to talk about his plans for the future.

This will be the first time for almost 30 years that Mark Morris will enjoy an uninterrupted summer break, but you sense that he wishes he was still involved with the football side of things.

audio Mark Morris talks to BBC Solent's Kris Temple >
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The former Dorchester Town manager parted company with the club after an eight year spell which has seen them rise to the heady heights of the Conference South.

However, the hunger is still there:

"It's a job I massively enjoy and it took a big decision for me to obviously leave Dorchester but it was something I need to do and hopefully I can get back into the game as quickly as I can."

Highlights

Morris brought a lot of stability to the club, getting the club into the Conference South and renewing their rivalry with recently promoted Weymouth.

His class of 2002/03 racked up a club record 93 points in 42 games as they gained promotion from the Southern League East, and their debut season in the Conference South in 2004/05 ended in bittersweet fashion as an excellent first season saw the club just miss out on the Conference Play-Offs.

Among the players that passed through the club in his spell were Crewe Alexandra's Spanish striker Juan Ugarte, who rattled home a hat-trick on his debut, and Matt Holmes, the former West Ham and Bournemouth midfielder.

The future

Mark's not content to rest on his laurels, and football has been his love and trade for so many years.

An immediate return to the game would be ideal, but he realises he needs to be patient:

"I'd like something to happen tomorrow but realistically everybody's in place at the moment and the games haven't really started so I'll probably have to wait a couple of months for things to get going.

"I've spoken to a few lads in and around the management game. They all know I'm available, it's just a case of sitting tight and hoping the phone rings.

"It's about being involved in football, it's been my whole life, and something I've really enjoyed. Hopefully someone will give me the opportunity to get back into football as quickly as possible."

audio Mark Morris talks to BBC Solent's Kris Temple >
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