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Dartford manager Steve King agrees new three-year deal at National League South club

Dartford have agreed a new three-year deal with manager Steve King.

It means King will stay at Princes Park until the end of the 2023/24 season.

Dartford manager Steve King has agreed a new three-year deal. Picture: Keith Gillard
Dartford manager Steve King has agreed a new three-year deal. Picture: Keith Gillard

King guided Darts to the play-offs at the end of the 2019/20 season, only taking charge of the club midway during that campaign after the departures of Jamie Coyle and Adam Flanagan.

Before the current campaign was curtailed, Dartford spent most of the season at the top of the table and were second when games were finally halted for the year.

Dartford co-chairman Steve Irving said: "When we brought Steve King in 18 months ago we knew the calibre of manager we were getting and a person who we felt confident would have us chasing for promotion in the National League South with the overall aim of being promoted to the National League.

"However no one could of foreseen what has happened over the last two seasons with the Covid-19 pandemic, and with all the disruptions that have taken place.

"We feel this had robbed Steve of realising his full potential and the promotion we all strived for. However in this time though Steve King still managed to lead the team to a play-off final where we unfortunately lost on penalties, then last season got stopped when we were in second place.

"I was very confident if it had carried on we would of been in those top positions all the way to the end of the season.

"We felt it was the right time to re-negotiate his contract, and it will give the whole club the stability it requires to have a real push for promotion, in hopefully what will be uninterrupted seasons going forward, and some sense of normality with the crowds back in the stadium and right behind Steve King and his players."

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