Colwell and Laundon announced as Town management team

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Ady Colwell and Kevin Launden were announced as the new managerial team at Eastbourne Town on Friday.

Colwell returns to the Saffrons dugout for his second stint in charge having parted with the club four years ago.

Colwell will be appointed as club manager while Launden is first team manager and will have final say on team selection.

The duo, who previously worked together at AFC Uckfield, applied for the position after Danny Bloor and his assistant Garry Wilson left to join Ryman League Premier side Lewes.

Colwell was in charge of the Town side that gained promotion to the Ryman League in 2006. Launden, brother of former Seaford Town boss Bob Launden, enjoyed success withAFC Uckfield before he handed in his resignation.

Town chairman David Jenkins said, “We were delighted with the number and with the quality of applications we received.

“It was an extremely hard task but we decided these two were right for the role.

“Ady has experience, organisation and he knows the club, while Kevin is an excellent coach and works extremely well with the younger players.

“He is a real football man and has tremendous enthusiasm.

“We felt between they had everything we needed to take this club forward.”

Town enjoyed year on year progress under Bloor and despite the possibility of losing a few players following his departure, Jenkins is keen to build upon the good work of the last few seasons.

“We feel Kevin and Ady can get the best out of the players. They will be working to a similar budget as last season and we hope to continue the progress we have made.

“Financially the club is sound. We never go beyond our means and we believe that is the correct way to go. We certainly do not lack ambition though, we are progressive and we are looking to work our way out of this division in the future.”

A delighted Colwell said, “It’s an exciting role for us both. I will bring the experience while Kevin is a young ambitious manager. This job really appealed to us both, what we bring is something a bit different.

“We have a lot of work and to do and cannot wait to get started.”