Assistant manager Keith McMahon leaves Phoenix Sports while Tony Beckingham moves upstairs at Holmesdale, leaving Andy Constable in sole charge

Friday 24th November 2023

KEITH McMAHON has announced his departure as Steve O’Boyle’s assistant manager at struggling Phoenix Sports today.

The club clinched promotion back to into the Isthmian League South East Division at the first attempt, by finishing runners-up to Erith & Belvedere and beating local rivals VCD Athletic in a play-off, with Ryan Hayes scoring THAT last-gasp penalty at Oakwood, which relegated VCD Athletic and cost Michael Power his first managerial job.

McMahon replaced Dean Bowey as O’Boyle’s assistant manager on 2 October but has now left the Barnehurst based club, ahead of tomorrow’s home clash against tenth-placed side Hythe Town.

“Unfortunately, my short time at Phoenix Sports has come to an end,” said the former Thamesmead Town, Whitstable Town and VCD Athletic manager.

“I want to wish Steve O’Boyle and the club all the best for the season.  He’s such a hard-working manager and unbelievable group of people that run the club.

“Looking forward to the next chapter whatever that maybe for me.”

Phoenix Sports welcome Steven Watt’s side sitting in the bottom two of the table with eight points (two wins, two draws, nine defeats) and on the back of a 9-1 humiliation at now league leaders Ramsgate last weekend.

Jason Huntley’s Beckenham Town are at the foot of the table on four points from 10 games, with Phoenix Sports on of three sides on eight points (Littlehampton Town and Horndean), while Matt Longhurst’s Erith & Belvedere are in the bottom five with nine points from 12 games.

Meanwhile, former Phoenix Sports manager Tony Beckingham has moved upstairs in a director of football role at Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division side Holmesdale.

The Bromley based outfit appointed Beckingham and Andy Constable joint-managers in the summer after Lee Roots departed to manage AFC Croydon Athletic alongside Kevin Rayner.

The pair have departed Mayfield Stadium after only eight games on 13 September and Roots has taken charge of Southern Counties East Football League First Division side Bridon Ropes for five games in all competitions, losing three.

Holmesdale announced on Wednesday that Constable will be the sole manager of the team, that sit in fourteenth place in the table with 16 points (four wins, four draws, seven defeats).

The change in the dug-out comes after Holmesdale lost 3-2 at home to Stansfeld the previous evening.

Chairman Simon Kidby said: “Andy Constable will be taking sole responsibility of team affairs at Holmesdale Football Club.  Further announcements regarding the structure of Andy’s management team will follow in due course.

“In addition, we are excited to announce that Tony Beckingham will take up the role of director of football with immediate effect, overseeing, improving and driving the growth of all on-field operations at the football club.”

Phoenix Sports have appointed midfielder Ryan Hayes, 38, as player-assistant manager following Keith McMahon's departure.