HELSTON Athletic pair Graham Blake and Jamie Thomson have been unveiled as the new managers of Porthleven this week.

Blake, who has been the reserve team manager for seven years and club captain before that, has joined the Gala Parc outfit ahead of the newly revamped South-West Peninsula League next season.

He said: "It was a big decision because I love Helston and I always will, but it's a case of having the opportunity to better myself.

"The man management side of things is one of my strong points while Thomo is a brilliant coach. We agree on a lot of things in football so we'll work really well together."

The vacancy arose after Alan Carey decided to return to Bodmin Town for a second spell as manager, this time in a joint role with Darren Gilbert.

With the prospect of mouthwatering derbies against Helston, Falmouth, Penzance, Mousehole and Wendron, it promises to be an exciting first season for the duo.

"There is already have a lot of talented players at the club but any new ones that we do bring in will be local. We want to build something over several seasons, not just one.

"I've got the utmost respect for what Paul Hendy has done as chairman of Helston and also Steve Massey. I will be taking things I've learned from them to Porthleven."

Hendy posted on his facebook page: "Helston Athletic would like to place on record its gratitude to 'Blakey' for all he has done during his lengthy time with The Blues. We wish him well as he looks to progress his football managerial journey.

"The club will announce details of Graham's successor in due course and in advance of Helston Reserves playing their first season in the newly formed St Piran's League.