Hastings United: Garry Wilson returns as first team manager

Garry Wilson
Garry Wilson

New Hastings United manager Garry Wilson admitted he has unfinished business at the club after he was announced as the first team boss on Monday.

The former Eastbourne Borough and Lewes manager previously looked after first team affairs at the Pilot Field between 1995 and 1998.

During that period he won the Southern League Cup and the Sussex Senior Cup before being sacked by lottery winning chairman Mark Gardiner.

He then took on the manager’s job at Langney Sports, later renamed Eastbourne Borough, in February 1999, and oversaw their meteoric rise from the Sussex County Football League to Conference Premier, with the club spending three seasons in the top flight of the non-league game, and also accruing two Sussex Senior Cup wins during Wilson’s time at the helm.

Since leaving Priory Lane, he has had spells with Eastbourne Town and Lewes. the latter of whom he managed in the Ryman Premier between May 2013 and February 2015.

Wilson is currently away on holiday but a brief statement said: “”I am very much looking forward to returning to the club where it all started for me in England, and where I believe that I have unfinished business.”

The 52-year-old Glaswegian will name his full coaching team in due course, but the Club can confirm that Danny Bloor, his assistant at Lewes, will be joining him to take up the same role at United.

Bloor is already onto the task of liaising with some potential new signings that have already been identified, and he will also seek to make swift contact with the U’s existing playing squad, in order to arrange meetings to coincide with Wilson’s return.

“We had some outstanding candidates for the post”, said United Chairman Dave Ormerod, “but the Directors were unanimous in their belief that Garry was the best fit for the role, in terms of what the Board was looking for. I am sure that supporters will join the Directors in welcoming Garry aboard.”

Last season was disappointing for Hastings as they narrowly escaped relegation from the Ryman League South.

They finished 19th in the table having won 12, drew 12 and lost 22 with a goal difference of -13. It also proved an unstable time at the club as Terry White, Dom Di Paola, Mark Stapley and John Masters, and Nigel Kane all had stints in the dug out.

* HASTINGS United Supporters Club will be holding a quiz night today (Friday) at The Pilot Field clubhouse from 7.30pm.

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