Thursday 03rd June 2004

Hales makes a swift departure from Erith & Belvedere

KEVIN HALES has left Southern League Division One East outfit Erith & Belvedere after only eight games as manager, writes Stephen McCartney.

The former Chelsea and Orient player, who joined the Deres in March, has left to join ambitious club Hornchurch as assistant manager to former Dagenham & Redbridge boss Garry Hill, who took charge of the Conference South outfit last month.

Hales' made an impact in the very short space of time whilst in charge at Park View Road.  Despite losing his first two games in charge, he brought in nine new players, which produced much improved performances from the players he had inherited.

The club will now be looking for their fourth manager - after Mike Acland, Micky Cloke, and Hales - in only six months.

Meanwhile, as of next season, Erith & Belvedere will be operating a host of new youth sides.

In all, for the first time in the club's history, six sides will be wearing the club's colours.

The club will enter a side in the newly formed under thirteen division of the M.U.S.H. Kent Youth League and will also field under 15's, under 16's, and under 18's as well as a reserve team and first team.

Unfortunately, the club have been forced to increase admission prices for the coming season to £7 (adults) and £5 (OAP's/concessions).  Season tickets, for league games only, will be £125 and £90. 

The club stated this was the first increase for a while, and falls in line with their league rivals.

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