Ebbsfleet United hand title-winning manager Dennis Kutrieb a new two-year contract

Friday 02nd June 2023

EBBSFLEET UNITED have extended manager Dennis Kutrieb’s contract by a further two seasons as the club prepare for next season’s Vanarama National League return.

The German boss became only the fifth manager in the club’s history to deliver a league title, after claiming the Vanarama National League South title by picking up 103 points from their 46 league outings last season.

Ebbsfleet United CEO Damian Irvine said in a statement: “We are an ambitious club and Dennis is an ambitious manager – given what he has already achieved here, those two attributes go hand in hand.

“Dennis has proven he is a great fit for this football club and has repaid the belief we had in him when he arrived in 2020 – a decision not without doubters and detractors at the time.

“He shows that on a daily basis in his work with the players, his endless hours behind the scenes, as well as his popularity and presence amongst our fans and in the wider community.

“Such success with an exciting brand of football, of course, brings suitors to our door and it is no surprise Dennis has attracted interest from other quarters including recent offers from the EFL.

“Like any ambitious club, we want to nurture and keep hold of our talents, particularly those we identified and recruited using our thorough processes and patience, such as those which delivered Dennis to Stonebridge Road.

“This new contract is a reward and a security for both the club and Dennis and provides a very solid foundation heading into our first season at National League level for three years.

“He has driven our one-club philosophy, his demands for excellence are second-to-none and most crucially, he has produced the results that have brought the crowds and the feelgood factor into the club since his appointment.

“I am sure this news will give our supporters even more to cheer this summer and have them eager to get amongst their new set of National League opponents as soon as possible.”

Kutrieb, 43, added: “What a season is has been for all of us and the job is not finished with one title so I am delighted to extend my stay at Ebbsfleet United.

“We were distraught but not disheartened this time last year and I knew we had the tools at this club to go on and better ourselves and we did just that.

“It was a highlight of my career to win the league with the Fleet last season.  I knew and I saw what it meant to so many people, but we don’t stop there.

“We don’t rest on our achievements. We look for improvement, we look to better ourselves all the time and so it is wonderful to be able to continue that job into the future.

“The chairman has given the club and myself such fantastic backing and I’d like to thank him and everyone at the club and on the terraces for helping us make last season what it was – but most importantly, giving us the platform to move forward again in 2023-24.”

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