New Town boss starts from scratch after player exodus

Kevin Laundon (left)
Kevin Laundon (left)

New Eastbourne Town boss Kevin Laundon is under no illusions at the size of the task he faces at the Saffrons.

The former Uckfield coach has been appointed as first team manager at Town alongside former manager Ady Colwell, who will be the club manager.

Laundon will have the final say on team selection with Colwell providing experience and knowledge where required.

Laundon admits he has a tough job on his hands and his first task will be to piece together a new squad from scratch.

Following Danny Bloor and Garry Wilson’s departure, almost the entire playing squad has left the club.

The new management team are hoping to persuade four, possibly five, of the remaining players but the new boss admits nothing is certain.

“We are starting from scratch, ” Laundon said. “All the players that Danny brought to the club are likely to leave. We have targeted four players that we want to keep and we may have a chance of retaining their services but nothing is certain.

“The plan is to get a core of 16 players and start working with them as soon as possible.

“We can then assess where we are at after 10 games or so.

“But at the moment, nothing has been finalised. If we can bring in the players we think we can, then I’m sure we will be fine. But we have to wait until July, 1 before we can say who we do and don’t have.”

“Danny Bloor did a fantastic job here and it will be hard to follow.

“I am a realist. I know it will be a hard ask but we will all give it our best shot. I know what I can bring to the role and hopefully that will be good enough.

“But it will not be easy and I just hope the fans can be a little patient and give us some time to get our ideas across.

“I’m delighted to be given this opportunity, it’s a step up for me and I want to make this work.”

Town begin training on July, 2 at Hampden Park at 7.30pm.

All players are welcome.