Seaford Town announce new manager

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Tobi Hutchinson was unable to get off to a winning start as new Seaford Town manager when his side went down to a 1-0 defeat to Steyning on Saturday.

A Dave Harris goal on 11 minutes won the game for Steyning, consigning Town to their fifth straight defeat in County League Division Two.

Seaford announced the “new man in the hot seat” on their website last Friday, with Hutchinson replacing Mick Richards as first team boss. They said: “Mick requested a meeting chairman Bob Thomsett, secretary John Smith and committee member Brian Amos to discuss his position. He felt, due to work commitments, he could no longer carry on as the head man in the management team. The situation was made worse by the resignation of his assistant Steve Ives, who is returning to Crowborough Athletic to take over a coaching role with the division 1 outfit. Our best wishes go to Steve for all his efforts in his short time at the club.”

The club added: “Mick stated he would be happy to carry on until the end of the season assisting John Kirby when he was available.

“It was felt at this time that the club needed a more experienced person in charge so therefore an approach was made to Tobi with a view to him taking over until the end of the season, with John assisting him to help with continuity.”

Chairman Thomsett said: “I would like to stress the club was in no way looking to change any of the management team.

“However, it was felt to take the club forward it needed experience at the helm.

“We owe Mick a huge debt of gratitude during his time at the club and hope he won’t be a stranger to us at the Crouch.

“I trust we will all be able to get behind Tobi to help him in his endeavours to move the club forward.”

Town travel to second-bottom side Oakwood tomorrow.