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Ebbsfleet United appoint former Aldershot, Braintree and Waterford manager Danny Searle as interim head coach after sacking of Dennis Kutrieb

Ebbsfleet have revealed the identity of their caretaker manager ahead of this Saturday’s televised home game with Oldham.

The Fleet have named former Aldershot manager Danny Searle as their interim head coach and he’ll be calling the shots from the home dugout at the weekend.

Ebbsfleet host Oldham this Saturday at Stonebridge Road. Photo: Northfleet Harbourside
Ebbsfleet host Oldham this Saturday at Stonebridge Road. Photo: Northfleet Harbourside

Ebbsfleet sacked boss Dennis Kutrieb on Monday after defeat at bottom club Oxford City last weekend put them back in the National League relegation zone.

Searle, best known in non-league circles for his time in charge of Aldershot, had most recently been assistant head coach at FC Banik Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

He left that role less than two weeks ago, stating: “I had to go back to England for some paperwork reasons to allow me to work in Ostrava.

“Unfortunately, during this time we’ve had some personal things come up that means I really need to be at home with my family.

“It’s a very difficult decision to make but it’s one I had to do right now for my family to make sure everything is okay back in the UK.

“It’s disappointing for me to have to walk away right now. The club’s been brilliant to me since I’ve been here.”

Prior to that he was in charge of League Of Ireland First Division side Waterford but was sacked in March 2023 just five games into their league season. The previous campaign, Searle had guided the Blues to the semi-finals of the FAI Cup and to the promotion/relegation play-off final.

Searle is no stranger to National League football. He led Aldershot to National League safety in two consecutive seasons and also reached the FA Trophy quarter-finals during his time there.

Previously, Searle was manager at Braintree where he just failed to steer them to safety after taking over from Hakan Hayrettin in January 2019.

As for a permanent successor to Kutrieb, the Fleet said in a statement: “The process to appoint our next permanent manager at Ebbsfleet United is ongoing.

“In the interim period, Danny Searle has this week been working alongside our coaching staff.

“He will act as head coach during this period and take charge of Saturday’s match versus Oldham Athletic pending the finalisation of our recruitment process to appoint the new manager.”

It’s been a busy few days at Stonebridge Road with defender Mustapha Olagunju returning to parent club Huddersfield after a loan spell which was disrupted by injury.

He’s already been replaced by centre-back Tommy Fogarty, who has joined on loan for the remainder of the campaign from Birmingham City.

Former Ebbsfleet boss Liam Daish, now Birmingham’s academy manager, recommended Fogarty for the move.

Ebbsfleet striker Shaq Coulthirst has extended his loan deal with National League South Braintree for a further month after scoring six goals in 14 games.

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