Wilson returns to football as Town assistant

Garry Wilson returns to the dug-out for Eastbourne Town
Garry Wilson returns to the dug-out for Eastbourne Town

Former Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson made a surprise return to the dug-out with Eastbourne Town this week.

Wilson, who was sacked by Borough towards the end of last season, will work as the assistant manager to Town boss Danny Bloor in the Ryman League Division One South.

Wilson replaced the previous assistant manager Danny Simmonds who quit the Saffrons last week to resume his playing career with Eastbourne United.

The number-two role will also allow Wilson to continue his scouting duties with the Scotish FA.

The 49-year-old Glaswegian was in the dug-out for the first time at the Saffrons during Town’s 3-2 victory against Merstham.

Wilson said, “This is a perfect fit for me and I hope I can bring a few things to the table for Eastbourne Town. I like what they are doing here and I am excited by the challenge.

“He added, “I have no problem being a number-two. Those who know me, know I am not an ego man, I am a football man and I am looking forward to working with Danny (Bloor). I have had a break from management after Borough and I’m now refreshed and ready to go again.”

Wilson enjoyed tremendous success as manager of Eastbourne Borough.

During his 13-years in charge at Priory Lane he led the club from the County League to the Blue Square Premier - the highest tier of non-league football.

Wilson competed for three seasons in the Premier before relegation to the Blue Square South.

He was sacked and replaced by current Borough boss Tommy Widdrington after his side struggled to adapt to life in the South.

Wilson will also team up once again with Ben Austin and Matt Crabb. The duo were two of his loyal players during his time with Borough.

He added, “I know many of the players at Town. Our paths have crossed and I know they are a talented bunch.

“I’m looking forward to the next few weeks and working more closely with them and getting to know their characters.

“I’m sure the club want to challenge to get into the Ryman Premier. If not this season then hopefully the next.”

The appointment provides a timely morale boost for Town after they suffered a 5-1 FA Cup thumping at Slough Town last Sunday.

Town boss Bloor added, “We are delighted to bring in somebody of Garry’s experience.

“He has enjoyed tremendous success as a manager and he will be a tremendous asset to the club.

“He knows the non-league scene inside out and we will all be able to learn from that. I am looking forward to working with him and I’m sure I will be a better manager because of it.

“I have known Garry for a good few years. After Danny (Simmonds) left, it was the right time to approach him.

“He has had a break from football but you do miss it after a while. He is revitalised and ready to go once again.”