Alan Carey has left his role as Porthleven manager to take up a new position at South West Peninsula League Premier club Bodmin Town.

Carey will begin his second stint at Priory Park as joint-manager alongside current boss Darren Gilbert.

Carey said: "I'm going back to a club where I've had a lot of success. I left Darren [Gilbert] in charge many years ago and he's had a great run and he wants somebody to come in and share the weight and try and get it back to its best, so I'm looking forward to working with him."

The move marks the end of Carey's second spell at Porthleven, after he enjoyed six successful seasons with the Gala Parc club in the late 1990s, which included an appearance in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase and a string of top-three finishes in the South Western League.

He left the club to begin his first spell at Bodmin which lasted six years, before going on to manage various other clubs, including Falmouth Town and St Blazey.

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He returned to Porthleven in May 2017 after the departure of Kevin Richards, who rejoined the club last summer as an assistant to Carey.

The Fishermen have won 35 out of 60 SWPL Division 1 West games in that time as they challenged for the league title two seasons running, but fell short on both occasions.

"I've enjoyed my two years at the club and I wish them all the success in the world and I'm sure they'll be fine and do OK," Carey said. "It's a great club, great ground and I just want them to move forward and I'm sure they will."

Carey cited travel issues as a factor in his decision to move on, having recently moved to Lanhydrock.

"I've enjoyed my time there but the travelling would be just too much for me," he said. "I can't make training and if you can't do it to 100 per cent you can't do it."

Carey will not have to wait too long for a return to Gala Parc, with Porthleven set to join Bodmin in the new 20-team SWPL Premier West next season.

Club secretary Vidal James thanked Carey for his service to the club over the past two seasons, saying: "I've got no sour grapes with Alan, he's been fair with the club. He's still got a lot of time for Porthleven Football Club and is looking forward to seeing us next year in the Premier."

Porthleven will now be looking for a new manager to lead them into their first season in the new SWPL Premier West.

Owing to work commitments, Kevin Richards will step down from matchday duties and become Director of Football at the club.

Porthleven enjoyed a strong start to this year's Division 1 West campaign, winning their first seven matches and enjoying top spot for long spells of the season.

But a 2-1 defeat in a crucial top-of-the-table match at home to Liskeard Athletic in January, followed by Cornwall Senior Cup and Cornwall Charity Cup quarter-final defeats in successive weeks, saw the Fishermen's season collapse, eventually finishing third behind Mousehole and a full 19 points behind champions Liskeard.

Carey said: "We finished third which, considering where we were around the Christmas period, I feel it's a little disappointing that we didn't finish runners-up or push Liskeard a bit harder than we did.

"If somebody had said to me [at the start of the season] you'd get a top-three finish and been in two quarter-finals you'd take it. I'm just disappointed we didn't perform in the cups in the quarter-finals and we went on that run where we lost our way a little bit and lost some silly games."