Tuesday 08th June 2004
Fisher keep Burnett as manager
Southern League Division One East club Fisher Athletic have confirmed the appointment of Wayne Burnett as player-manager for the 2004/05 season.

Burnett took over as caretaker boss in February following the departure of Gary Abbott, and although he was unable to push the team to a qualifying spot for the Premier Division, he has impressed enough to be offered the post on a permanent, full-time basis.

Burnett has wasted no time in appointing his number two and a one-time team-mate, bringing in another experienced former Football League player in ex-St Lucia international Warren Hackett.

After starting his career with Spurs, Hackett went on to make over 280 League appearances with Leyton Orient, Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield and Barnet.

He then had a three-month spell at Grays Athletic prior to joining neighbours Ford United and then switched to Chesham United in December 2002.

He moved onto Leyton Pennant (Waltham Forest) in March 2003 and helped manager Hakan Ramis-Hayrettin on the coaching side last season.

Burnett and Hackett’s first job in charge was to make a surprise move to snap up midfielder Anthony Riviere from Conference South side Welling United.

A highly-rated midfielder, he joined Welling from Kent League side Faversham Town in July 1999 and quickly established himself at Conference level.

Strong-running and skilful, he had been the subject of frequent interest from the scouting fraternity since then and was selected for the England National Game’s under-20 side only last year.

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