Seaford Town chairman: it was all a bit of a mess but we’re the better for it now

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New Seaford Town boss Derek Pout admitted he had concerns about the team he was taking over – but had those fears allayed by club chairman Bob Thomsett.

Seaford announced Pout as new boss on Monday morning – 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 on Monday the club announced they had ‘lost no time appointing a replacement’, unveiling former Peacehaven & Telscombe reserve team manager Pout.

Pout was then due to be introduced to the players at training on Tuesday evening before taking charge of his first game when Lancing are the visitors to Newlands School tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, the game kicking off at 2pm.

That Tuesday session was put back to last (Thursday) night to allow Pout time to get settled into the post.

Pout admitted: “I did think, what’s going on here?’ after what had happened, but when I spoke to Bob I realised I had no cause for concern.”

Thomsett admitted the whole saga was “all a bit of a mess” but insisted he felt he now had the right man in the job – and had Pout been one of the original candidates, he would have got it over Skipper.

He said: “It was all a bit of a mess, if I’m honest.

“But we have probably come out of it better and I’m delighted with that.”