Lloyd Blackman steps down as Whitstable Town manager
WHITSTABLE TOWN begin the search for a new manager after announcing that Lloyd Blackman has stepped down from the role.
The club are second-from-bottom in the Isthmian League South East Division table, having collected one point from their opening five league games.
“Unfortunately, Lloyd Blackman has informed the club that he wishes to step away from football management for the time being and leaves with immediate effect,” said a club statement.
“The directors of Whitstable Town are saddened by this news, but thank him for his hard work during the past three seasons and wish him well in his future endeavours.
“Player-coach Ben Harding has agreed to take charge of the team for the forthcoming games and we thank him for taking on the extra responsibility.”
Blackman, 37, took charge of Whitstable Town for the last time on Tuesday 14 September when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by VCD Athletic.
Whitstable Town travel to their league rivals Chichester City on Saturday to contest a FA Trophy First Qualifying Round tie.
The Oystermen have won just one of their eight games in all competitions this season and that was a 5-0 home win over lower-league side Alfold in The FA Cup Preliminary Round on 21 August.
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