James Collins, Martin Larkin and John Wilfort all stay in charge of their clubs
THREE Southern Counties East Football League clubs have confirmed that they will both keep faith with their current management teams next season.
Lordswood confirmed on 6 May that James Collins, who has previously managed Erith Town, Sutton Athletic and Corinthian, will still be in charge at Martyn Grove next season after a short spell in charge after Jason Lillis moved into the Ryman League.
Lordswood finished the Southern Counties East Football League campaign in fifteenth-place.
A club statement, posted on the club website said: “James and assistant Sean Glover had filled on an interim basis since mid-March following the sudden departure of Jason Lillis to Ramsgate.
“They took charge for the final eight games of the 2014-15 campaign which saw them win one, draw two and lose five under tricky circumstances of putting together a squad in less than ten days before the player registration window closed.”
Committee member John O’Halloran added: “As a committee we were keen for James to stay on at the club.
“We believe we have found a good one and are delighted that he has accepted to continue.
“We have all enjoyed working with James and Sean and are looking forward to seeing them build on what they have started.”
Meanwhile, Lordswood’s reserve side, managed by Ben Hilden, claimed the Suburban League Southern Division title last weekend.
Tunbridge Wells’ chairman Clive Maynard, meanwhile, has today kept faith with manager Martin Larkin, who will continue as the manager at Culverden Stadium,
The club finished their campaign in a disappointing fifth-place in the league.
Mr Maynard said that the decision was an easy one to keep faith with a manager who guided the club to a Wembley Final for The FA Vase Final, which they lost 2-1 to Spennymoor Town.
“You only have to look at what has been achieved during Martin’s tenure,” he told www.tunbridgewellsfc.com
“Three Cup finals, increased gates and a trend of improving league finishes. Last season was a transitional year so we are looking to push forward again next season.
“Expectations around the club are high, we have a ground that is graded for the next level of football. We have a board that is working hard to get it right off the pitch and a management team that the board believes will deliver the aim of the club which is promotion.
“I am a firm believer in continuity; you only have to look further up the food-chain to see which cubs have succeeded with constantly changing the manager – and it isn’t many.
“I am sure that we can look forward to a successful season. It has to be Team Tunbridge Wells – board, management team and supporters – working as one for the common goal which is exactly what we have had in my two seasons at the helm.
“Our supporters are second to none at this level of football, they are the twelfth man home and away. I am sure there will be plenty to cheer about next season!”
Holmesdale, who finished in fourteenth-place in the table, also confirmed today that John Wilfort will be staying as their manager.
Visit Lordswood’s website: www.lordswoodfc.co.uk/club/Home
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