Seaford Town have appointed a new manager for the second time this summer following the resignation of Alan Skipper after less than a week in charge.
Skipper took over from Tobi Hutchinson but had barely even arrived before throwing in the towel, paving the way for Derek Pout to become the new man in charge.
Hutchinson had stepped down in the close season after leading the side to Division Two Cup glory, after which Skipper was selected to become his successor in what would have been his first senior appointment.
However, the former Burgess Hill and Shoreham player rang club chairman Bob Thomsett at the end of last week to advise him of his decision to leave, citing disappointment with the negativity from players.
A statement on the club’s website read, “Obviously the club are extremely disappointed he has come to this decision without even taking a training session or playing a match. It is well known players leave their options open during pre-season, often visiting a number of clubs before committing to their signature to paper. It has been no different with our own players.”
It didn’t take long for Pout to be inserted into the hot-seat, though, after becoming available following the disbanding of the side he formerly managed - Peacehaven and Telscombe Reserves - as a result of the first team’s promotion into the Ryman Leagues.
The statement added, “The club wishes Derek the very best for the coming season, and hope it is the start of a long and successful relationship.” Pout will take charge of his first game when Lancing are the visitors to Newlands School on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 2pm