Beckenham Town boss Jason Huntley forms a four-man management set-up

Friday 12th June 2015

BECKENHAM TOWN have made some managerial changes ahead of the start of pre-season.

Jason Huntley has decided to bring in a joint-manager in the shape of former Holmesdale and East Grinstead Town player-manager John-Paul Collier.

Collier, 28, was renowned for playing an attractive passing game when he was in charge of league rivals Holmesdale.

John Cumberbatch, who was previously manager at Greenwich Borough and Ashford United, has come in as joint assistant-manager alongside the long-serving Jason Clews.

Huntley is delighted in welcoming Collier and Cumberbatch to form a four-man management set-up.

Huntley told “It’s great to have them both joining the club. They have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience of managing clubs at this level and above and I’ve got no doubts about the impact their appointments will have on the club.”

Beckenham Town begin their seven match pre-season campaign with a home game against Kent Invicta League side Orpington on Wednesday 15 July (7:00pm).

They also welcome the likes of Vanarama National League South side Maidstone United (18 July), full-time Vanarama National League neighbours Bromley (27 July) and Ryman Premier League Dulwich Hamlet on 30 July.

Bromley manager Mark Goldberg and their chairman Jerry Dolke are former Beckenham Town players and a large crowd is expected for the visit of last season’s Vanarama Conference South champions.

Becks secretary Peter Palmer added: “Whilst there are no significant building works planned for the close season, nevertheless we expect the whole ground to have a new and improved look to it.”

Beckenham Town finished their Southern Counties East Football League campaign in ninth-place last season.

Meanwhile, John Wilfort, the manager of Bromley based Holmesdale, is searching for a first team coach.

“We are advertising for a first team coach to work with the current management team,” said Ross Mitchell, the club’s secretary and goalkeeper coach.

“The coach will be responsible for taking training sessions and assist on match days.

“Ideally the candidate should hold a UEFA B coaching badge or alternatively have experience of coaching at a senior level within the Step 5 or above in the football pyramid.

“This is a great opportunity for a coach to take responsibility of training sessions and have an input into the first team.”

Candidates should email their CV to Ross Mitchell and John Wilfort at ahead off the 22 June closing date.

Meanwhile, league rivals Erith Town, who finished second-from-bottom last season, are staging a training session and trial game at Long Lane FC at 1pm tomorrow.

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