Margate begin the search for a new management team after announcing Jay Saunders and Mike Sandmann are leaving the club

Thursday 25th April 2019

MARGATE begin the search for a new manager after Jay Saunders steps down following Saturday’s trip to bottom-side Harlow Town.


It will be Saunders’ fourteenth and final game in charge of the club and the club also confirmed Mike Sandmann will be leaving Hartsdown Park.

The former Maidstone United manager and Margate player took over from Steve Brown in January and guided the club towards safety in the Bostik Premier Division.

“Jay had a very positive impact on the team when he arrived in January to help ensure the Gate did not fall into the relegation dog-fight,” said a club statement which was posted on

“Saunders is now leaving the club after fulfilling his task of keeping the Gate in the Bostik Premier.

“Everyone at the club wishes Jay the best and we thank him for his hard work and professionalism during his time as manager.

“Mike Sandmann has also decided to leave at the end of the season.  Mike has been at the club for over two seasons and has had a very positive impact on the team in both a coaching and management role.  Again, we wish Mike all the best with his future in the game.

“Now the search for a new manager begins as the club moves into a new phase of development both on and off the pitch.

“Positive strides have been taken in recent years and these will continue as we look to establish ourselves as a modern, forward thinking and innovative football club.”

Margate go into their final game of the season sitting in thirteenth-place in the Bostik Premier Division.

Saunders alongside Sandmann bagged eight wins, two draws and three defeats during their time in the dug-out together.

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