Rupert Jones quits Kent Football United after only 10 games: Football is like a rollercoaster and it didn’t work out, trust issues were the biggest problem I would say

Friday 15th November 2019

KENT FOOTBALL UNITED manager Rupert Jones has tonight resigned after only 10 games in charge of the Dartford-based club and has been immediately replaced by Michael Walther.

Jones left his brother Owen at Erith & Belvedere to take charge of Kent Football United after Steve Devereux and Richmond Kissi left after seven games in charge on Saturday 7 September 2019.

“I was manager of Kent United, I have now resigned,” said Jones.

“My time there has been very interesting.  I don’t wish no bad feelings against anyone at the club.

“Football is like a rollercoaster and it didn’t work out, trust issues were the biggest problem I would say.  On with the next channel.”

The club are rooted to the base of the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table, having collected one win and three draws from their 12 games.

They are three points adrift of the side immediately above them in the league table, Bridon Ropes.

Kent Football United travel to play Greenways at K Sports in Aylesford tomorrow (15:00) without the services of their captain Bobby Holley, who has followed Jones out of the door.

“It’s not the ideal situation to be in but my time at Kent Football United is up as I have to show loyalty to my gaffer that brought me to the club and made me skipper,” Holley said on Twitter.

Kent Football United’s only win under Jones was a 3-2 home win over Phoenix Sports Reserves in the London Senior Trophy.

The side lost seven of Jones’ games while in charge of the club – the last game was a 5-0 defeat at Rochester United last weekend.

Walther is now the third manager to take charge of team affairs and he has made a whole host of new signings ahead of tomorrow’s trip to play Greenways.

“Following the resignation of Rupert Jones the club would like to welcome Michael Walther as the new first team manager,” said a club statement.

“The club would like to thank Rupert for his efforts during his time at the club and wish him the very best for the future.

“Unfortunately results have still not taken an upward turn and the club felt the need to make another change this season to give us the best chance of preserving our league status.

“The club has worked extremely hard over the last five years to get to where we are and cannot step back.”

The club have announced the signings of Ade Adetunji, Ife Adetunji, Kevin Akunwa, Coby Billzy, Raphael Duyile, Ryan Imbert, Meer Ishan, Ryan Karrer, Richard Ojo, Emmanuel Olaniyan, Oke Oniah, Arinze Ossai and Patrick Stephenson.