Chapman leaves with Rosebud’s best wishes

A HUMBLED Glen Chapman said it was an emotional and difficult decision to leave Adamstown despite going to the top job at premier Northern NSW State League club Broadmeadow.

Chapman was confirmed as Magic coach for 2014 on Sunday night after the club clinched the premiership double. He will replace Robert Virgili, who is becoming the club’s technical director.

Chapman was first-grade assistant to Peter McGuinness at Magic before coaching the under-23s to back-to-back major and minor premierships. He then went to first-division club Adamstown, bringing them from second last to second in 2012 and winning promotion this season.

Chapman said he was “very honoured to be wanted at Adamstown and have another great club after his services”. However, he said the demands of running his own fire protection business, which he started in January, were a major factor in his decision.

“It wasn’t an easy one,” he said. “Magic are obviously a big club but it was a tough decision because I’ve done a lot of work at Adamstown over the last two years and I still have a soft spot for them.

“But Adamstown are in a rebuilding phase and what made the decision easier for me was that I don’t have enough time to do that.”

He thanked Rosebud president Andy Stankovic for his support and professionalism.

Stankovic said Chapman was a big loss but he was confident the club would find a suitable replacement.

“We wish Glen all the best. He’s done a wonderful job at Adamstown and we would have loved to have kept him,” Stankovic said.

“But we’re moving on and we’ve talked to a few people already.”

He said Rosebud had a shortlist of four candidates and the club hoped to make an announcement late this week or early next week.

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