Widdrington: I want to be part of another successful era with Eastbourne Borough

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Incoming Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington insists he is looking forward to another successful era after agreeing to take the managerial position.

Widdrington 40, will take his first training session on Thursday evening before taking control of his first game on Saturday at Sutton United.

He will be joined by coach Alan Kimble who made over 200 appearances for Wimbledon FC between 1993 and 2002. He also had spells at Charlton Athletic, Cambridge United, Luton Town and Dagenham and Redbridge.

Kimble was also assistant manager to Liam Daish at Gravesend & Northfleet and manager at Aveley (Ryman Premier).

Widdrington said, “I am delighted to come to Eastbourne Borough and join a club that has such a good reputation.

“I am looking forward to being part of another succesful era for the Borough team.”

Tommy boasts a wealth of experience as a player, coach and manager with both professional and non-league clubs.

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he saw action as a player from the Premiership right through to the Football Conference.

After a role as player-coach at Salisbury Tommy was promoted to manager in 2009 with considerable success.

Despite Salisbury being deducted 14 points as the club went through financial difficultie - without such a points deduction City would have finished in sixth position in the Blue Square Premier.

His coaching and managerial prowess were recognised by Southend United, where he became assistant manager to Paul Sturrock.

Prior to Christmas 2011 Tommy took over as manager at Hemel Hempstead Town (Southern Premier League) where he lifted the fortunes of ‘The Tudors’, who were in the basement and have moved up the table towards safety.

Widdrington made his debut as a player for Southampton aged 19 in 1990.

He remained with The Saints making 75 appearances and spent a loan period at Wigan Athletic before moves to Grimsby Town (1996-99, 89 apps), Port Vale (1999-2001, 82 apps), Hartlepool United (2001-2003, 56 apps) and Macclesfield Town (2003-2005, 58 apps), with a brief return to Port Vale before joining Salisbury City.

Borough Chairman Len Smith introduced the new boss to the club’s CIC Directors, Football Committee, skipper Ben Austin and Reserve Team manager Shaun Harper on Wednesday.

Chairman Len Smith said, “The club carried out a thorough and diligent review of all applications and hopes that the new managerial duo will boost the side in the battle for Blue Square South survival, with continued progress over the coming years.”