Matt Hume takes sole charge of Rochester United after announcing the departure of Graham Martin

Friday 14th January 2022

ROCHESTER UNITED have confirmed the departure of joint-manager Graham Martin after only one game in the dug-out.


Martin, who has been involved with league rivals Larkfield & New Hythe and Snodland Town this season, was appointed joint-manager of the Spartans alongside chairman Matt Hume.

The pair were in the dug-out together for the 2-2 draw at Larkfield & New Hythe on 18 December, while Hume took sole charge for their games against Kent Football United (3-2 win) on 3 January and their 5-0 win at home to third-from-bottom Premier Division side Punjab United in the Second Round of the Challenge Cup on Wednesday night.

“After one game against Larkfield & New Hythe over the Christmas period, due to personal and family reasons Graham Martin and son Liam have decided not to continue as joint-manager and team coach with the club,” said a club statement.

“Matt Hume will carry on with the managers job until the end of the season with Steve Tremain as his assistant and number two.

“We welcome George and Ian Batten to the club as team coaches.”

Rochester United sit in the bottom six in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table, having picked up 21 points from their 17 league games.

The Spartans are five points clear of the relegation zone, which is currently occupied by Forest Hill Park, Meridian VP and Chessington & Hook United.

Hume and his newly-appointed management team take their players to tenth-placed side Sporting Club Thamesmead tomorrow.