Hythe Town FC Appoint Joint Managers

Hythe Town Football Club have moved swiftly to fill the managerial vacancy caused by the departure of Tim Dixon by appointing an experienced duo as Joint Managers.

They are Clive Cook, for many years Assistant Manager at Hythe and before that Manager at Bromley Green, and Tony Beckingham who has left his current job as Manager of fellow Ryman South side East Grinstead Town to join Hythe Town.

Chairman Paul Markland said, “The Board is pleased to appoint Clive and Tony who bring experience and contacts.  We’ve moved quickly as we need to settle things down and start to rack up the points to avoid the club being involved in a relegation scrap. 

I’ve recently stepped back into the Chairmanship as John Dowsett is abroad for a few months.  In my previous 12 year tenure the club went from the bottom of the Kent League to the Ryman play-offs, so I’m not used to failure.  I expect Clive and Tony to quickly build up momentum.”

Cook said, “It’s good to be back at Hythe Town, a club close to my heart and one that deserves success.  We have a week to prepare for the Tooting & Mitcham away league game, followed by two cup games, so are going to be busy.  Hythe don’t have a league game this coming Saturday but we hope to arrange a friendly at Reachfields instead so we can get a good look at the squad.”

Beckingham added, “I’m excited about the challenge at Hythe Town and look forward to working with everyone involved.  There are some good players here already and we expect to add a couple more soon.”

Cook and Beckingham have asked Hythe Town goalkeeping coach Mark Lane to step up to Assistant Manager.  He has accepted and will also retain his current role. 

There are several candidates being considered for the post of Coach and Hythe expect to fill this position soon.

The Club will be holding a ‘Meet the Managers’ session for fans shortly. 

Originally Published - 22/09/15