We have to get back to being hard to beat, says Lewisham Borough newly-appointed player-joint manager Tim Moffatt

Friday 22nd September 2017

LEWISHAM BOROUGH have appointed Sean Jarvie and Tim Moffatt as joint-player managers following the decision to part company with Ebun Thomas.

It will be Jarvie’s first role in senior football management, but his father Ken was manager/owner of Croydon during their Isthmian League days.

Sean Jarvie started out at Croydon, progressing from youth team captain to a member of the club’s first team when they were in the Ryman Premier League.

Other club’s include Lewes, Molesey, Clapton, Knaphill, Monotype, Haywards Heath Town and Redhill.

“As a former commodity brother in the City, I became a qualified coach in 2012, currently working as a PE teacher and football coach at another SCEFL club within their youth set-up,” said Jarvie, a central defender.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead and building on the existing foundations that are in place at Lewisham Borough, whilst using my experience gained over the years to help our squad grow and fulfil their potential.

“We have a fantastic squad with the ability to succeed at this level.”

Moffatt, who is a UEFA licenced coach, previously worked at Chelsea as a coach, where he was employed for six years.

He made his Ryman League debut for Whyteleafe at the age of 15 and went on to sign for then Conference side Crawley Town and following his release he went on to play for Merstham, Chipstead and Bookham.

He then took up a player-coaching role at Coulsdon Town, where he led the team from relegation candidates to finishing second in their League and winning the League Cup.

He was then approached by Farleigh Rovers to become player-coach and run their first team, who had just avoided relegation.

In his first season he led the team to a Semi-Final, losing narrowly to League champions Spelthorne and the team finished in a respectful mid-table finish.

In his second season he led the team to the Combined Counties Division One League title, however, after being unable to get promotion due to ground grading issues, he took some time out of the game.

Moffatt, a midfielder, said: “I continue to coach at Bromley Juniors and I became co-founder of Inspire Futsal Academy and Inspire Football Management.  I focused on growing the company and watching more coaches and games.

“After realising I was missing playing the game, I got in contact with Lewisham Borough chairman Ray Simpson and started representing Lewisham Borough as a player from February 2017.

“I’m happy to be appointed joint-manager of Lewisham Borough.  I still believe I have a part to play on the pitch and I know I can offer good tactical knowledge and supply training sessions that will help the team become more competitive in the SCEFL First Division.

“We have a good, young squad here but we need to become tactically better off the ball and get back to being hard to beat.

“We showed against teams like Lydd Town and Sporting Club Thamesmead that we can beat anyone on our day but we must become more consistent.”

The club have appointed Terry Russell (assistant manager), Geoff Clayton (goalkeeper coach) and Abdul Habib, who will be conditioning and assistant first team coach.

Lewisham Borough are in the bottom four in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table with seven points from as many games.

They are without a game tomorrow, but welcome Sporting Club Thamesmead to the Ladywell Arena on Monday, 25 September (19:45).

Lewisham Borough won the return game 2-0 when the two sides met at Bayliss Avenue on 28 August.