'Craig was the perfect co-manager and will be missed in the dugout' - Seaford Town boss praises co-manager as he steps down

Seaford Town’s Paul Wise has praised co-manager Craig Pooley after he stepped down from the role.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 10:01 pm
Seaford Town boss Paul Wise

Wise and Pooley had worked together to improve Seaford’s performances on the pitch and before the lockdown came the side had risen up the table. But as Seaford prepare for the end of season cup competitions, Wise praised Pooley.

He said: “I’d like to give a huge thanks to my co-manager Craig Pooley who has decided to step down due to work commitments. Craig was the perfect co-manager and will be missed in the dugout.”

Seaford have already appointed their new co- manager, John Kirby will be filling Craig Pooley’s role and Gareth Newtown has been appointed to first team coach.

Wise said: “Gareth comes to us with a wealth of experience as a coach. Working with Broadbridge Heath and Ryman side Westfield, as well as Chagos Island national side!”

Wise is also happy with the cup format devised by the SCFL to get football in this season. The SCFL are planning to give all 50 of their clubs a chance to take part in a tournament ,which is set to be in a similar format to the champions league.

Wise is happy with this format and hope this will give them the best possible start for next season.

On what the tournament will bring to the club, Wise said: “It looks like we will be playing in a league cup competition throughout the spring. It gives us a real chance to make amends from an indifferent season which has seen us struggle at times.”

He also is looking forward to some key players returning to the side. He said:” We lost the spine of our team from the season before, with Dan Pollard, Ben Dartnell and Jack Rowehurst, all to long term injuries and we never really managed to get any momentum or consistency.

“Now both Dartnell and Pollard are back fit, hopefully we can add their experience to the side and help the rest of our young squad to push on and show their real potential.”

Wise added: “I have to say how good it is that the SCFL are trying to get us some competitive football back, it’s been a real struggle playing for the best part of two seasons without anything to play for.”