Peppermints boss to leave Mount Wise at end of season

Peppermints boss to leave Mount Wise at end of season

Peppermints boss to leave Mount Wise at end of season

Outgoing Newquay manager, Tony Mackellar

3rd March 2021

By Tom Howe

After five seasons at Mount Wise, the Voice can exclusively reveal that Tony Mackellar will leave his post as Newquay manager at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Mackellar took the reins following the departure of Sacha Wheatman in May 2016, building a squad virtually from scratch that has turned the club’s fortunes on its head.

Relegation fodder when he took over, the good times have since returned to Mount Wise with Mackellar’s Peppermints more accustomed to fighting for a top six finish in the last two seasons.

However, due to leaving the area for work commitments this summer, Mackellar will now hand the baton across to a familiar but as yet unannounced face this summer.

“I have enjoyed it,” he told the Voice. “It has been a good five years. You look back at what we have done and I can’t thank enough the club, the players and everyone that has been involved, gone in that door and been a part of it.

“They have all been involved in where Newquay came from at the beginning to where it is now. It is really bright and it is really good.”

After their season was scrapped due to ongoing restrictions to battle covid-19, the South West Peninsula League’s board have issued a draft proposal to play cup matches throughout April and May, something Mackellar and Newquay are very much for.

“I am staying until May because we are hoping we have a couple of games if this cup competition happens,” he said. “If it doesn’t, we will probably have a couple of friendlies to finish on as a group. If there is no clubhouse or anything like that, the lads will play for nothing. They just want to play football.

“How many teams would go and do that? This is what we are talking about and what we have built over the last five years. It is a group of lads who will go there and play for each other, not worrying about the money.

“Yes, we would be interested because the lads just love playing football and that is what they want to do. They are willing to play for free, to play for each other and to play for the club more importantly.”