Changes continue as AK adopts a new role

Eastbourne Borough v Hayes and Yeading United at Priory Lane March 19th 2013
Eastbourne Borough v Hayes and Yeading United at Priory Lane March 19th 2013

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington is full of positivity, despite constraints at the club forcing a change of role for Alan Kimble.

Kimble came to the club alongside Widdrington after they formed a management partnership at Hemel Hempstead Town prior to their move down south.

Now, though, budget cuts has meant the former Wimbledon defender will not be Widdrington’s number two for the upcoming season, instead adopting a role focused more on scouting and recruitment, rather than coaching.

While this is the second instance within a week in which ‘club constraints’ has been cited as a reason for change at the club, Widdrington insists this is not a reason to be negative.

He said, “I don’t think this is a negative change of role. Alan’s still going to be involved in the club, he’s still going to be there for me to bounce ideas off.

“With his vast number of contacts, especially at this level, he will be a great asset in the new role.

“I can’t say whether this is a decision I would have made if the constraints hadn’t been applied, you just have to deal with the situation you’re put in.

“I just don’t want this come across as a negative thing.”

The changes come after a budget cut following a season of falling attendances.

With both Kimble and ‘keeper Danny Potter commuting to Eastbourne from Essex for training and match days, the situation was deemed unsustainable considering the recent financial boundaries.

Widdrington added, “Obviously the distancing was an issue. These things happen and now we both have to move on.

“Alan’s role will not be replaced, he will always be my ‘go to’ for opinion and advice.

“He has been, and I am sure will continue as, an excellent member of my staff at Priory Lane. I look forward to his input over the 2013/2014 season.”

One thing still to be decided is whether Kimble will continue to take his place alongside Widdrington in the dugout on matchdays.

Widdrington commented, “I can’t give a definitive answer on that yet. He’s away at the moment, but when he comes back, we will discuss that.”