Category: 2013-2014 Club News

CHANGES IN NICKY’S BACK ROOM PERSONNEL

Jason Lillis (Assistant Manager) has this evening left the Club,  stating… ‘After long hard consideration over a couple of months I have had a chat with Nicky and I have decided to stand down as assistant manager. I explained to Nicky my reasons……I have big expectations and I am very committed person. But one thing that is top of my list of expectations is to enjoy my football. When you feel that the enjoyment is not there it is hard to be as committed as you should be…..I really hope things turn around and (Whitstable Town) push up the league…..’ The players & staff were advised of Jason’s departure after last night’s victory over Ramsgate.

Lillis has an ever expanding & challenging role within education which has also impacted his availability. Chairman Gary Johnson commented ‘Jason is a big character & I’d like to place on record my sincere thanks for his contribution to the Club since he joined from Lordswood pre-season, he has also introduced a number of players to the Club a number of whom are now starting to grow in confidence & ability at this level. I thank him for his support of Nicky, the players & the club and wish him every success in wherever his future path takes him.’

Gary Nelson (Kit man) and confidant of Nicky has also departed due to his increasing workloads, shifts & limited availability impacting upon the support he has been able to provide his good & very close friend (Nicky Southall). Johnson added, ‘Gary has been a pleasure to work with & have around the place, clearly at this level of football employment commitments must come first, I’m therefore disappointed for Nicky and again wish Gary well’.

 

New appointees will be announced here once confirmed; in the meantime Nicky will be aided by U21 Development Manager Bob Reardon.

MEET THE MANAGER MEETING

13 PresentationOn a dreadful stormy winters evening, around 25 very hardy souls took to The Belmont Club House to ‘Meet The Manager’, Nicky Southall whilst his Assistant Jason Lillis, U21 Development Manager Bob Reardon with U18 Coach Ian Grieves.

Having commenced the evening with the introductions, all present were encouraged by Chairman Gary Johnson to ask any matters on their mind of the Football Management or indeed himself.

Nicky was questioned during his 90 minutes on issues such as squad depth, the comings and goings of individual players and reasoning for their positioning, selection matters, current fixture backlog, his management team, his personal highs and lows, whilst praise and congratulations for the historic FA Trophy success was also celebrated; no question was left unanswered in a frank and sometimes seemingly critical debate that cannot failed to have informed those present.

Ian Grieves was encouraged by Nicky to give his views on the ‘18s’ and highlighted one or two prospects for the future, whilst Bob Reardon praised many of the U21s for gaining & pushing for more first team places as has been witnessed such is their progression despite limited competitive football.

The Chairman was asked three pertinent questions when supporters wished to debate the inconsistencies of Guernsey FC within the League, the fixture backlog and his commercial strategy; naturally Gary didn’t miss the opportunity to state how hard the finances are pressed with the current inclement weather meaning a lack of fixtures and perhaps the possibility of launching a ‘12th Man Scheme’.

14 Bubbly winnersAs a small token of appreciation, each supporter was given a raffle ticket on entry and placed into the ‘Man of the Match’ bubbly draw, sponsored by The Lounge Restaurant & Bar (at Tankerton); whilst supporter Rob was the lucky recipient drawn out by Manager Nicky Southall he appears to be sharing this with his mate Matt (also pictured).

Johnson can also be seen presenting the Ryman League Team Performance of the Month to the Management Team of Nicky & his assistant Jason Lillis whilst supporters looked on.

Without fail, all present had & took the opportunity to discuss what was on their mind; sad though that the weather may have stopped many more from attending but Nicky & his team are always on hand for post match discussion win-lose or draw – a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

THOMPSON RETURNS TO HYTHE

It is with regret that Craig Thompson, having been the subject of a formal approach from Hythe Town, has decided to rejoin them; Nicky, the Chairman & all at the Club are naturally very disappointed given the impact and work rate that Craig displayed for us during his tenure here…..we wish him well save if he plays against us!

TUESDAY AT THE BELMONT – MATCH OFF (UPDATED 7th JANUARY)…….

The goal mouth under water
The goal mouth under water

Today’s home fixture against high flying Hastings United has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch; This was due to the continuous heavy rain which has fallen over the last couple of days leaving the pitch under water in places.

The ground staff along with volunteers, although unable to get on the pitch, have spent countless hours clearing spectator standing areas that were under water.

It is important that these efforts continue as we now only have four free Tuesday’s between now and the end of the season which may mean should we lose any further games due to postponements then three games a week is likely.

Water on the spectator paths
Water on the spectator paths

 

More water on the pitch
More water on the pitch

 

 

 

 

TOWN SIGN MARGATE UNDER 21

Just to advise we have signed Margate Under 21 Connor Ashman.  He is a Whitstable lad who will come into the under 21 squad – Let’s hope he is another lad who will progress and develop into the first team squad.