Goodchild sacked as Hailsham boss

Andy Goodchild
Andy Goodchild

Hailsham Town have parted company with first team manager Andy Goodchild.

Goodchild was sacked on Saturday night following their narrow 4-3 victory over County League One basement side Selsey.

Former Eastbourne United youth team manager Ian Stevens has been named as the new boss.

He will take charge for the first time on Tuesday night as the Stringers welcome Wick and Barnham to the Beaconsfield for a quarter-final clash in the Peter Bentley Cup.

Stevens’ first league game in charge will be at Newhaven on Saturday.

Outgoing boss Goodchild, who had been in charge for 15 months, said, “I understand the reasoning behind the change but I am surprised at the timing on the back of a win in the league and two days before a league cup quarter final and a week before the last 16 in the Sussex Senior Cup.

“To be fair the damage had probably been done at the Horsham game (11-0). I sensed that moves maybe afoot with a section of the committee following that game.

Goodchild added, “Having said that, I have signed some exceptional talent that I am confident will deliver at the club for the remainder of the season.

“I wish the boys all the best and very much hope to have an opportunity back in football sooner rather than later.”

Hailsham are third from bottom in the league standings and struggled to find their form in the league during Goodchild’s tenure.

A statement from Hailsham Town read, “The club felt Andy put a lot of time and effort into the club and we want to thank him for that.

“But the committee felt it was time to move in a new direction.”