DOUBLE Colchester United promotion winner Paul Abrahams is the new manager of Maldon and Tiptree.

Colchester-born Abrahams, who made 179 appearances and scored 34 goals during his two spells with the U's, has succeeded Wayne Brown following his appointment as Colchester's new permanent head coach.

Abrahams, who won promotion with Colchester in 1992 and 1998, has been in interim charge of the Jammers since January and will now be hoping to help the club push for promotion, next season which starts on August 13.

In a statement, Maldon and Tiptree said: "We are delighted to announce that Paul Abrahams is our new First Team Manager.

"Following the departure of Wayne Brown, we are pleased to confirm Paul Abrahams as the clubs new First Team Manager on a permanent basis.

"Having taking over on an interim basis in January 2022, Abrahams led from the front as his side made a late surge for the play-offs, falling just short in the final few games of the season.

"Abes has been at the club for over four years, having worked closely with Kevin Horlock and throughout Wayne’s time in charge, helping the club break a number of records and complete a memorable cup-upset away at Leyton Orient.

"Everyone at Park Drive is delighted that Paul has accepted the position of First Team Manager and we look forward to building towards the 2022/23 season.

"A further announcement, regarding Paul’s management team will be made in due course."

Brown departs Maldon and Tiptree after three and a half years at the helm.

Brown led Maldon to the second round and first round of the Emirates FA Cup in consecutive seasons.

The Jammers famously triumphed away at Leyton Orient before running Newport County close in front of the television cameras.

He also led them on their longest run in the FA Trophy.

Brown guided Jammers to within touching distance of the Isthmian League division north title before Covid intervened.

He also took his Maldon side to a play-off final, which was lost on penalties.

Brown managed 141 games as Maldon boss, the most of any other manager since the club formed in 2010, boasting an overall win percentage of 68 per cent.