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.