Welling United appoint Steve Lovell as their new first-team manager

Thursday 14th January 2021

WELLING UNITED have appointed Steve Lovell as their new first-team manager, replacing Bradley Quinton who left the club yesterday.


The Wings are sitting at the foot of the Vanarama National League South table with eight points from their 11 games after suffering a 2-0 home defeat to St Albans City on Tuesday night.

Owner Mark Goldberg parted company with Quinton after a year in the Park View Road hotseat and has appointed the 60-year-old Welshman, who was appointed director of football at Ebbsfleet United in January 2020.

“Mark Goldberg is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Lovell as the new first-team manager,” said a club statement.

“Whilst having made nearly 500 Football League appearances for Crystal Palace, Millwall and Gillingham, Steve is most recently known within Kent for his successful management of Gillingham, managing them for two seasons whilst in League One, including a memorable Third Round FA Cup victory over then Premier League Cardiff City.

“Joining Steve as assistant manager and first-team coach will be Tristan Lewis, who will need no introduction to Welling fans having originally set-up our new Academy.

“Tristan has most recently been first-team coach at Ebbsfleet United, where after being appointed alongside Kevin Watson as manager with the club looking like relegation certainties they almost oversaw the great escape and arguably would have done that had the 2019-20 season not been cut short due to the global pandemic.

“Craig Lewis will also re-join the club to assist with fitness and conditioning.

“The club can announce that Garry Fiore has stepped down from his role as director of football.

“Garry wishes to pass on his best wishes to the club’s next management team and we’d like to thank Garry for his work in the director of football role.”

Lovell’s first game in charge of Welling United – who are one point adrift of Slough Town – will be their trip to Hungerford Town on Saturday 23 January.

The home game against Tonbridge Angels in a couple of days' time has been postponed due to "a Covid-19 issue involving Tonbridge Angels."

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