Ebbsfleet United turn to Danny Seale to keep them in the National League

Tuesday 13th February 2024

EBBSFLEET UNITED have appointed Danny Searle as their new permanent manager following his period as interim head coach at Stonebridge Road.


The club parted company with German Dennis Kutrieb and first-team coach Chris Franks on Monday 29 January, with the club within the Vanarama National League relegation zone.

The Fleet picked up two draws against Oldham Athletic (0-0) and leaders Chesterfield (2-2) while Searle was interim manager.

Searle, 45, born in Rush Green, Romford, Essex, has previously managed Braintree Town, Aldershot Town, Waterford and was assistant manager with Banik Ostrava in the Czech Republic and has also worked at West Ham United and Charlton Athletic.

“With previous experience in the National League, the League of Ireland, at Premier League Academy level and abroad, the UEFA Pro-Licenced coach is fully up to speed with the Fleet squad and has already made great strides at the club as the team head into the final third of the league season,” said a club statement.

“Working alongside Danny will be Anwar Uddin as assistant manager, who has also featured in the Fleet dug-out on an interim basis this past fortnight.

“Danny and Anwar have worked closely with the playing s quad for the past two weeks and the strong performances against Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield are an excellent platform to take into the remaining fixtures this season.

“We welcome Danny and Anwar on the board on a permanent basis and we are confident our loyal supporters will join us in striving together as one in our single-minded goal of maintaining our National League position beyond the end of this campaign, continuing this Saturday at home to (fifteenth-placed) Eastleigh.”

Ebbsfleet United are second-from-bottom of a 24 club National League table, having picked up 32 points (eight wins, eight draws and 17 defeats) from their 33 of 46 league games.

Woking (34 points from 32 games) are outside the relegation zone, which holds Dorking Wanderers (34 points from 31 games), Kidderminster Harriers (32 points from 32 games), Ebbsfleet United and Oxford City (27 points from 33 games).

The Fleet clinched the National League South title last season and were promoted alongside play-off winners Oxford City.

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