JAMIE Cureton has taken interim charge at Maldon and Tiptree after Liam Bailey returned to his full-time coaching role at Colchester United.

The former U's favourite, who was part of Geraint Williams' side that achieved the club's highest-ever finish in the 2006-07 season, has taken temporary charge at the Pitching In Isthmian League division north side having previously worked as their assistant manager.

Bailey, who has been the U's under-21 boss this season, will now return to Colchester to work within their academy on a permanent basis.


In a statement, Maldon and Tiptree FC said: 'Liam Bailey returns to focus on his full-time role.

'Maldon and Tiptree would like to thank Liam for his time at the club and wish him the best of luck as he returns to focus on his full-time role at Colchester United FC.

'Liam is a very promising coach with lots of experience under his belt already.

'Daniel Barber says, “On behalf of myself and Mitch, we would like to offer personal thanks and good luck to Liam. He’s a great young coach with a promising future in the game.

'Liam has a great work ethic; he’s very organised with strong principles and morals, and he leads by a good example.”

Gazette: Liam Bailey

Cureron joined Maldon and Tiptree's coaching team, last October.

As a player, Cureton has made more than 1,000 competitive appearances spanning nine tiers of the football pyramid, scoring more than 350 goals.

In addition to Colchester, his playing career included AFC Bournemouth, Queens Park Rangers, Leyton Orient and Norwich City.

Prior to managing Enfield, Cureton was in charge at Bishop's Stortford, in the Isthmian Premier.

Maldon lie tenth in the division north table and lost 1-0 at neighbours Heybridge Swifts, on Monday.

The Jammers travel to play Cole Skuse's Bury Town tomorrow.