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Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi backs Steve Brown and insists there is no pressure on the Ebbsfleet United manager


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Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi Picture: Andy Payton
Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi Picture: Andy Payton

Ebbsfleet’s new Kuwaiti owner believes manager Steve Brown is the right man for the job despite a poor run of results in The Skrill South.

Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi, the man who has put £800,000 into the north Kent club, was at Stonebridge Road to watch his first Fleet game on Tuesday night.

A 2-0 defeat to Chelmsford meant Ebbsfleet have taken just eight points from a possible 24 since Brown was appointed.

Dr Al-Humaidi and KEH Sports Ltd gave Brown a £100,000 transfer kitty and an £8,000 weekly playing budget when they bought the club in the summer.

But the chairman is not demanding an instant return on his investment.

He said: “I’ve had a chat with Steve and there’s no pressure on him. The team has been playing well, it’s just converting the chances into goals that’s the problem.

Peter Varney Picture: Steve Crispe
Peter Varney Picture: Steve Crispe

“He’s done a good job in assembling a team quickly. I have faith in him and the players, along with the management.”

Dr Al-Humaidi also lent his backing to Fleet vice-chairman Peter Varney and insisted there were no immediate targets for the team to hit.

He said: “Setting milestones and not achieving them would have a negative impact on everyone.

“I trust Peter Varney and his way of conducting football business. He’s done a good job at Charlton Athletic and he’s done a lot in the past three or four months.

"If you look at the state of the ground, it’s improved a lot in a short period of time.

“Having the right people will get us results – not just on the pitch but off it.”

Read this interview in full in the Gravesend Messenger.

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