We have both had a good break and feel that now is the right time for us to get back into the fold, says Danny Joy

Wednesday 07th June 2017

Joint-manager Danny Joy says now is the right time to get back into the fold with his new job.

Erith 147 Sports will be looking to change their name to Tudor Sports next season – and will need approval from the Kent County League to do so.

The Sidcup based club have announced Joy and Ross Baker as their new joint-managers.

The Oxford Road outfit have also appointed Jamie Fernandes (player-coach), Paul Daley (goalkeeper coach) and Ben Kirk (coach).  The club are also searching for someone to fulfil the role of matchday physio.

Erith 147 Sports finished in the bottom five in the Andreas Carter Joma Kent County League Premier Division table last season with a playing record of seven wins, six draws and 17 league defeats.

Tudor Sports, meanwhile, withdrew from the Kent County League after finishing at the foot of the Premier Division in season 2015-16.

Now the club look to emulate Stansfeld by taking over a club in a higher division and hope to retain their Premier Division status, replacing Erith 147 Sports for Tudor Sports.

Joy and Baker were in charge of Sporting Club Thamesmead for only 18 games last season, winning three, drawing three and losing 12 in all competitions, leaving the club second from bottom in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division.

“First of all we would like to thank Gary Wright, the chairman of Tudor Sports, for offering us a chance to get back into football,” said Joy.

“Things didn’t work out the way we had hoped at Sporting Club Thamesmead, but there were many positives that myself and Ross took from the experience.

“Being able to put a team that participated in The FA Cup and FA Vase was a big honour for us as well as playing in a League which was extremely well organised and had some excellent grounds to play at.

“The experience of running Sporting Club Thamesmead last season has taught us a lot as managers and hopefully we will take those things into our new job.

“Also we have had a nice message from the chairman of Sporting Club Thamesmead this morning wishing us well, which was much appreciated.”

Looking ahead to his next venture, Joy, who is the son of former Thamesmead Town secretary Dave Joy, said: “Tudor Sports is a long running family club which are hoping to regain their reputation for having a successful first team.

“We have been tasked with the job of pushing them up the League and in time being in a position to get promoted, facilities depending.

“We have both had a good break and feel that now is the right time for us to get back into the fold and although we are taking a step back in levels from last season, we feel that with the ambition shown to us by the chairman proves it’s a club that’s going places  and we want to be a part of it.

“On the playing side we have invited all the playing squad from last season back for training and also have some players we are looking to bring in to add to the squad.

“We have lined up some tough friendlies lined up but all will get good preparation for a season that starts mid-August.

“We will start from scratch and give every player a clean slate and an opportunity to play during the friendlies as we look to build a squad that can compete in the Kent County Prem.

“We know it won’t happen overnight but we are committed to making next season an enjoyable and successful one for everyone involved.”

On his backroom staff, Joy added: “All have vast experience and will be a big part of the management team.

“Lastly we would like to thank everyone for the good luck messages we have received through Twitter and hope we see everyone throughout the season.”

The club report back for pre-season training on Monday 3 July and players who would like a trial should contact the club via their new Twitter account @TudorSportsFC.

Meanwhile, Old Bromleians manager Danny Wakeling has appointed Tyrone Reid to join his management team.  The Bromley based club won the Division Two West title last season.