Ebbsfleet United appoint Kevin Watson: I was aware there’s 30 or 40 people waiting for me to fail to take their chance so it does feel like a weight off in a way and there’s nobody over my shoulder

Saturday 02nd November 2019

EBBSFLEET UNITED have appointed Kevin Watson as their permanent manager after five games in caretaker charge at Stonebridge Road.


The Fleet lost 2-1 at home to Maidenhead United in Watson’s first game at the club, before being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Woking in The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round, before coming away from their league rivals with a 1-0 replay win.

A 3-2 win at Sutton United was followed by a 4-0 midweek win at fellow strugglers Chorley before Watson was given the job following today’s 2-2 draw at home to Chesterfield.

Ebbsfleet United are third-from-bottom in the Vanarama National League table tonight with 17 points (four wins and five draws) from 20 games and are now four points adrift of safety.

Chairman Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi, who was at the game and has made Watson the club’s 33rd manager, told www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk: “I am very pleased to be able to confirm Kevin in his role on a permanent basis.

“We have all seen the improvement in recent weeks and he has the full backing of myself, of Dave Archer and, most importantly, the players at the club. They have responded to his coaching methods and I think everyone can see the results.

“We are, of course, extremely hopeful of staying in this division and Kevin has already begun the survival effort in earnest.”

CEO Dave Archer added: “It has been an upward curve in the last few matches and that was what we wanted Kevin to achieve coming into the club.

“He has hit the ground running and we want to give this squad the best chance they can possibly have without disruption at this crucial stage. Kevin has shown he can handle that. We wish him the best of luck in his role.”

Watson, not to be confused with the current manager at Isthmian League South East Division side Cray Valley, added: “I am truly delighted. When I took over I only had improvement in the short-term in my sights and now I can look long-term.

“With a club like Ebbsfleet, you knew there was going to be a lot of applicants. I was aware there’s 30 or 40 people waiting for me to fail to take their chance so it does feel like a weight off in a way and there’s nobody over my shoulder.

“Some of the names bandied about have obviously more experience or done more than me but I’ve always backed myself and I will always back myself to get this club out of trouble.

“I said I’ve done my apprenticeship and given the chance, I wanted to show what I could achieve and we’re starting to show that.

“The owner and Dave Archer couldn’t have been more complimentary and supportive. This is a big club in non-league, I couldn’t be more delighted and everybody has given me their full backing as interim manager.

“Now the role is permanent, it means I can be more flexible in my approach. We can look at improving areas if and when I think we need to but the boys we have here are really playing for me and for the club and I want that to continue and for us to move up the table.

“The fans have been first-class and we all want to do it for them this season. That’s the goal and up is where we want to be heading.”

Ebbsfleet United welcome seventh-placed side Notts County to Stonebridge Road to contest a FA Cup First Round tie next Saturday, 9 November (15:00).

Manager's with the same name:
Kevin Watson - manager of Ebbsfleet United
Kevin Watson - manager of Cray Valley (Paper Mills)
Steve King - manager of Dartford
Steve King - head coach at Deal Town

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