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Whitstable Town appoint former Maidstone United manager Jim Ward and his brother Danny as new management team

By Alex Hoad

Whitstable town have moved swiftly to appoint a new management team with Jim and Danny Ward installed at the helm at The Belmont for next season.

The brothers have previous enjoyed two successful spells at Ramsgate either side of a three year stint at Maidstone United, while they more recently were in charge at Sittingbourne before quitting in September following a cut in the playing budget.

A week after the departure of Nicky Southall, a statement from Oystermen chairman Gary Johnson said: "The Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Jim and Danny Ward to spearhead and lead the club's Management Team into the forthcoming Ryman League campaign.

"In addition to first team responsibilities they will also oversee the player development through the under-21s and under-18s."

Mr Johnson added: "Well known throughout Kent and with a history of achievement... the Wards illustrated their passion, determination and organisational savvy which resulted in their appointment.

Jim Ward
Jim Ward

"Planning for next season can now start in earnest; both the club and the Wards looking forwards with combined optimism.

"The short term goal must be to build on the previous years’ Ryman League performances and produce a competitive and more consistent team performance which in turn attracts more supporters through the turnstiles and thus increases commercial revenue.

He added: "The club have the foundations and ambition to progress but equally recognise the intensity of the task in hand."

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