Chairman Fuller refuses to be rushed in search for new boss

Ollie Rowe celebrates for Lewes against Loxwood - picture: James Boyes
Ollie Rowe celebrates for Lewes against Loxwood - picture: James Boyes

Lewes chairman Stuart Fuller insists the club are in no hurry to appoint a new full-time manager.

Steve Eek and Martin Hinshelwood have taken temporary charge of first team affairs following the recent departure by mutual consent of Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor.

Since taking over Eek and Hinshelwood have guided the team to gritty 1-0 league victory against Dulwich Hamlet followed by Wednesday night’s impressive 3-0 victory against Loxwood in the Sussex Senior semi-final held at Lancing.

Hinshelwood was absent for the semi-final triumph as he had work commitments with Premier League outfit Stoke City but he will take his place in the dug out once more as Lewes travel to Canvey Island for a crunch Ryman League Premier clash on Saturday.

Fuller said, “We will take our time and not rush into anything. Garry and Danny left the club in good shape and Martin and Steve have done a tremendous job so far.

“Martin is in a situation where he cannot commit to every game but we feel we are in a good position at the moment.

“We are pleased with the amount of interest we have received for the role. We are going through the applications and it may be the case where we look at an interim appointment until the end of the season.

“There are a number of factors and it could be that a manager will not be available until the end of the season. All options are open at the moment and we would be silly to rule anything out at this stage.”

Lewes are 19th in the Ryman Premier with Canvey Island five points ahead in 15th. Fuller was delighted his club reached the Sussex Senior Cup final on Wednesday but admitted the league remains the number-one priority.

“It’s huge for the club and great for the fans to reach the final.

“But the priority is to pick up as many points as we can in the league.

“As long as we are safe we can then go out and enjoy our final at the Amex otherwise it won’t be much of an occassion for us.”