Club Statement: Ramsgate FC Appoint Matt Longhurst as First Team Manager
Ramsgate Football club is delighted to announce Matt Longhurst as first team manager this evening.
Matt will be accompanied by Seb Tidey and Liam Taylor, both joining his coaching staff. This will be a huge boost to the Rams fans whose matchbook bonus joys seem to have returned with the arrival of Matt.
Ramsgate Chairman, James Lawson, stated:
"In just a short space of time we have had a number of fantastic applications, many of which were from the top echelons of Thanet football who have been galvanised by our drive to promote young local footballers.”
“I will speak to them all in the coming days and extend an invitation to become part of our set up. It's talented local people like these that will help us achieve our long term goal of helping young players in this area become the best footballers that they can be.”
“In the immediate term, we are in a relegation battle and are in a position to move quickly having conducted an extensive recruitment process just a couple of months ago in which Matt was a standout candidate.”
“Not only does he support our long term goals, but more importantly he knows this league extensively. We represent an opportunity to apply his skills to a club with greater resources than he has previously worked with.”
“I was delighted when Matt highlighted that he felt it was important that we install a coaching team around him from the local area. There are very few people who know local players better than A-License coach Seb Tidey - he has trained many of them for a number of years.”
“Likewise, with Liam, until recently he was our U23 manager and has been instrumental in the development of a very talented group of local players.”
“As a club we would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jason Lillis, Terry Sedge Joe Radford. It should be recognised that Jason and his management team acted with professionalism and dignity throughout a time of transition at the club.”
“There are always differences of opinion in football but the future at this club is exciting and it's vital that we all unite behind our new management and support our team.”
Matt Longhurst takes charge of his first match on Saturday when The Rams take on VCD Athletic.