May Commits For Next Season & Congratulations Cookie!
It wasn't a bad weekend for Hythe Town Manager Clive Cook. The Cannons' boss watched as his side romped to an impressive 3-0 victory (the ninth consecutive win at Reachfields) over Saturday's visitors, second placed Worthing. Before securing the services of top scorer, Alfie May, until at least the end of next season, shortly after the game.
But the good news didn't end there! Later on that evening the Ryman League website confirmed Clive as Ryman South Manager of the Month for January! Cookie and the lads won three games out of three last month, the impressive away wins at fellow play-off contenders, Ramsgate (3-1) and Dorking Wanderers (3-1), before returning to Reachfields for a confident 4-0 win over Walton & Hersham.
Clive's record (13 wins from 16 games) makes him the form boss of the division since his sole appointment as Manager and everybody at the club would like to congratulate the man himself, his backroom staff and the playing squad for their performances over the last few months.
Talking to the website, Clive said "I won't dwell on the award too much as everyone knows it is the curse...a bad omen! I was told by text on Saturday night after the Worthing game and my first thought was...oh no, not that award!
"But listen, it's not my award; it's ours, my management team, my physio, my kit man, my squad, the supporters, the Chairman and the Board, and everyone else who puts in the hours of hard work into making this football club work. I'm proud to have won this award as the Manager of OUR club."
We also caught up with man of the moment, Alfie May, who was delighted to have put pen to paper on a deal until at least the end of next season. Alfie said: "I'm delighted to sign for another year for Hythe Town as the club has made me feel so welcome. I love playing under the Manager and with all the lads; I've never known a changing room like it!
"When I first signed for Hythe I spoke to the Manager and he said that getting away from the threat of relegation would be brilliant, and now you look at it and we are fighting for the play-offs! It's unbelievable what we have done as a team; the staff have been fantastic and have placed so much trust in us.
"If we don't make the play-offs this year we will be devastated but we've got to remember where we were eighteen games back...bottom three, so we must be happy for what we have achieved. Next year is a whole new chapter for us all, we're going to stick together as a team and push for promotion if we don't make it this time round."
Talking about his Manager, Alfie said: "I love playing under Clive. We have conversations about everything, it's brilliant to have a Manager that you can look at and think if you tell him anything he will be there to listen. I have played under some good managers but Clive is different to them all in a lot of ways. He praises everyone's contribution and that's why we have so much togetherness and we all play so well for both Clive and the club."
Following the deal being agreed, Clive said: "This is something the Chairman and myself have been discussing with Alfie for a little while now, we feel it's the way to go with certain individuals and we are both excited with the way the squad has been shaping up.
"Alfie has signed an eighteen month deal with us and it's great to have secured him as a Hythe Town player. He is what you call a true asset, only twenty-two years old, he has some great years ahead of him and I'm over the moon for us as a club to have secured him. I hope he won't be the last, let's wait and see."
Hythe Town Chairman, Paul Markland commented: "I am pleased Alfie has committed to Hythe Town until at least the end of next season. He is a talented footballer and a great lad to have around the club - and our fans are certainly enjoying watching him.
"We're determined to push on and Alfie is contributing by getting amongst the goals and also by occupying opposition defences to create spaces for our other strikers. I am also delighted that Clive has been recognised by the Ryman League. He has done a great job since he has been back at Hythe Town."
Originally Published 08/02/16