Rowland resigns as United boss and Tobi Hutchinson takes the helm

Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland

Eastbourne United AFC have accepted the resignation of manager Simon Rowland due to work and family commitments

Rowland stepped down following United’s 2-1 SCFL Premier Division victory against East Preston on Saturday afternoon.

United moved swiftly to fill the void left by Rowland’s departure and appointed Tobi Hutchinson as the new first team manager.

Hutchinson’s first match in charge will be the RUR Charity Cup fixture against Little Common at The Oval on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Hutchinson was the United first team coach in the 2008-09 league and RUR Cup double winning season and has previously managed at Worthing United and Seaford Town.

Rowland replaced Paul Daubeney at the Oval in May 2013, and went on to take charge of 112 games winning 59 of those fixtures with 22 draws and 31 defeats.

He led the club on the memorable run to the semi-final of the FA Vase that culminated in an agonising defeat to eventual winners Sholing. He also guided United to the SCFL Division Two title on St Georges Day 2014 at Oakwood.

A club statement read, “We thank Simon for his efforts over the past two years and hope to see him back down The Oval at some point in the not so distant future.”