Halls appoint Peter Nolan as their new manager
HALLS ATHLETIC have appointed Peter Nolan as their new manager.
The Dartford-based Kent County League Premier Division have appointed the former Bromleians manager to replace Billy Judd, who will stay loyal to the club and be available for selection as a player.
Nolan left the Bromley-based outfit in May after guiding the side to seventh-place in the Kent County League Premier Division before the campaign was halted and subsequently declared null and void in March due to the coronavirus health pandemic.
Nolan was previously assistant manager at Chipstead and manager at Halstead and was assistant manager in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division at Forest Hill Park.
A club statement said: “The team has been superbly headed by player-manager Billy Judd for the last three seasons and he guided the club to their highest County League finish this century and won the Hospital Charity Cup and still retains this now until the 2019-20 final is played in September, fingers crossed.
“Billy is a true Halls hero in his tenth year at the club and retains his role within the club committee as head coach and as a key trustee of the charity in our most important 12 months yet off the pitch.
“On the pitch, Peter will work alongside our existing first-team coach George Michaelas, and his new assistant Dean Rose, in what is the new-look first team management trio.”
Halls chairman Steve Vanstone said in a statement: “We are really happy to have secured Peter as our new first-team manager.
“He will bring focus and competition to our senior squad this summer and we look forward to building upon the foundations and the progress of Billy’s efforts over the last three seasons.
“Billy did a great job as player-manager but we are all agreed that a full-time gaffer is the way forward and Billy has been side-by-side with us all the way on this.
“We have planning consent due imminently on our new ground and we have a growing youth and senior section at the club again this summer so I can’t thank Billy and the rest of the committee enough for their ongoing devoted efforts across the whole club.”
Club secretary Chris Michaelas added: “I look forward to seeing the team take that next step into the top three plus this season. We know that the current squad is capable of achieving this with some added competition and a new focus this summer.
“Thanks to Billy for his unwavering dedication and energy and for the great job over the last three years.
“He will be looking forward to resuming just playing on a Saturday this season and being a part of a growing senior squad on a mission to progress again this season with more silverware.”
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