Seaford Town have announced Derek Pout as their new manager – after the previous ‘new’ manager quit after just six days.
On Friday June 21, the club announced Alan Skipper as the man to replace Tobi Hutchinson as first team boss after Hutchinson left to become Lewes FC Under 18 manager.
But the Crouch outfit launched an urgent appeal for a new manager on Thursday last week after Skipper dramatically quit, with the club saying he had resigned claiming ‘negativity’ from the Seaford Town players.
And this morning the club announced they had ‘lost no time appointing a replacement’, unveiling former Peacehaven & Telscombe Reserve Team Manager Pout as First Team Manager ‘with immediate effect’.
On June 21 the club confirmed: “Seaford Town are pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Skipper as their First Team Manager and he will take up the position with immediate effect.
“He takes over the side from Tobi Hutchinson, who led them to victory in the Division Two Cup last season as well as finishing with an excellent eight-game unbeaten run.
“The club had several excellent applicants for the position and after interviews were held he was the chosen candidate.
“Whilst this will be his first senior appointment, he has a wealth of experience as a player with Burgess Hill and Shoreham, while his managerial career began at Seagulls FC, before graduating to Lancing Youth Team in 2008 where he also became their Youth Development Officer.
“After three years he moved on to manage Storrington Reserves in 2011, then returned to Lancing last season to take charge of their Reserves.
“He is a firm believer in giving youth a chance and is looking forward to taking up the challenge with Seaford.”
However, just six days later, on Thursday June 27, the club released an urgent appeal saying: “Due to unexpected and unforeseen circumstances, there is again a vacancy at Seaford Town Football Club for a First Team Manager.
“We are anxious to fill this vacancy urgently as pre-season training and friendliest are already upon us.”
And the following day, on Friday last week, the club released a statement saying: “After less than a week in the hot seat Alan Skipper has resigned.
“Following a meeting with the players on Tuesday evening he phoned club Chairman Bob Thomsett on Thursday to advise him he was disappointed with the negativity coming from the players and felt he would be unable to continue.
“Obviously the club are extremely disappointed he has come to this decision without even taking a training session or playing a match. It is well known players leave their options open during pre-season, often visiting a number of clubs before committing to their signature to paper and it has been do different with our own players, but we have found in the past they have usually remained with us and we had no reason to believe this would be any different.
“When we advertised the position originally we had several excellent candidates, and chose to go with Alan in preference to the others and when we made contact yesterday they were no longer available, so we find ourselves without a manager with pre-season training due to have started last night and the first friendly on 6th July.”
However, this morning the club have made another announcement, saying: “After the resignation of Alan Skipper last week, the club have lost no time appointing a replacement.
“The club are pleased to announce the appointment of former Peacehaven & Telscombe F.C. Reserve Team Manager Derek Pout as First Team Manager with immediate effect.
“Derek led Peacehaven to second place in the Reserve Section last season, but following the First Team’s promotion to the Ryman League they have decided to drop the Reserves from their teams so Derek was left without a side to manage.
“He will be introduced to the players at training tomorrow evening (Tuesday) and will take charge of his first game when Lancing are the visitors to Newlands School on Saturday afternoon, the first of a number of pre-season friendlies, kicking off at 2pm.
“The club would like to wish Derek all the very best for the coming season, and hope it is the start of a long a successful relationship.”