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Jim Ward keen to turn round Sittingbourne's fortunes

30 May 2012
by Alex Hoad

New Sittingbourne manager Jim Ward believes he has found a club with enough ambition to match his own.

Ward (pictured) had already turned down offers from two other non-league Kent sides before taking up the challenge to revive Bourne’s fortunes.

He has brought in brother Danny Ward as assistant manager in what he hopes will be a successful pairing.

Ward said: "I gave a lot of thought to the decision because I was at Maidstone and Ramsgate and was successful at both those clubs.

"I won the Kent League with Maidstone and the Kent League and Ryman South with Ramsgate but for one reason or another, I’ve moved on.

"I’ve turned down two other clubs in Kent but Sittingbourne are a club that have under-achieved and it’s up to myself and Dan to turn them around, to put a smile on people’s faces and to get the people in the Sittingbourne area supporting their club because that has diminished."

Ward has already spoken with last season’s squad and is ready to give everyone a chance.

He said: "Everyone wants to stay and we’ll find out (who is good enough). It’s been a good response up to now." Next season’s Ryman League constitution has been ratified, with Bourne taking their place in Division 1 South.

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