Hailsham opt for Daubeney as ex-boss Stevens takes general manager role

Paul Daubeney
Paul Daubeney

Hailsham Town Football Club have appointed Paul Daubeney as their new first team manager.

Daubeney joined the club last season as assistant to Ian Stevens who has moved to a general manager role at The Beaconsfield. The former Eastbourne United manager was popular choice of the committee to replace Stevens as manager following a number of good applications for the position.

Daubeney brings to the club experience and continuity, and has a good knowledge of local football.

At United Daubeney guided them to sixth and fourth placed finishes in division one and a spell as reserve team manager where he guided the club to a league and cup Double.

Daubeney has also been assistant manager at Ringmer and, during his playing days, player/manager of Redhill Reserves.

Additions to his backroom team will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

He takes charge immediately and will begin preseason training on Tuesday, June 28, with three home preseason friendly matches at The Beaconsfield, against Bedfont & Feltham (Saturday 23rd July 3pm), Rusthall (Tuesday 26th July 7.30pm) and Southend Manor (Saturday 30th July 3pm) also arranged prior to the start of the league season in early August (Date TBC).

Hailsham received a welcome reprieve by the Southern Combination League.

Subject to ratification at the league AGM (June 28) and any appeals to the FA, the league published their proposed constitution for the 2016-17 season.

Hailsham will compete in the top tier once again, alongside Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne United, despite ending last season in the relegation zone.

It appears finishing third bottom proved just enough for Hailsham as their Beaconsfield ground hits Premier requirements.

Oakwood who finished third in division one could not be promoted as their Tinsley Lane Ground is not up to scratch.