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Ebbsfleet United boss Garry Hill to make some big calls on players and staff

New manager Garry Hill will not shy away from the tough decisions as he prepares to make big changes at Ebbsfleet United.

Hill, who replaced Daryl McMahon in the dugout last week, has been briefed by chairman Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi on the required cuts to the wage bill at Stonebridge Road.

The 59-year-old has spent much of his first full week at the club assessing the players and backroom staff.

Ebbsfleet United manager Garry Hill Picture: Andy Jones
Ebbsfleet United manager Garry Hill Picture: Andy Jones

Taking charge of Fleet in the midst of their financial restructure is a big job but the man with 20 years’ experience in management insists he’s up to it.

Hill said: “It’s like water off a duck’s back.

“I’ve been around long enough and it’s no problem at all. I’ll deal with things in the correct way.

“We’ve been briefed what’s needed in respect of the new structure at the football club, which has got to be worked to, and we have no problem with that.

“We’ve got to let our own eyes be our guide, assess the players, assess the staff and make decisions one way or the other.

“It happens at a lot of football clubs that management come in and there are big changes in respect of backroom staff or on the pitch straight away. I’m quite relaxed about it all.”

Hill takes charge of his first league game on Saturday when Ebbsfleet visit Boreham Wood.

Fleet are 15th in the National League, 10 points adrift of the play-offs, having scored just 21 goals in 19 matches.

Garry Hill is set to make decisions on the future of his staff and players Picture: Andy Jones
Garry Hill is set to make decisions on the future of his staff and players Picture: Andy Jones

Hill said: “There’s a lot of quality at this football club and they’ve under-achieved in terms of league position. I’d have expected them to be in the top 10.

“If you don’t take your chances when you’re on top, it can come back to haunt you.

“Players will get the opportunity in the team and it might be that, in time, we see something different up top.”

Ebbsfleet held League 2 Cheltenham to a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup just two days after Hill was appointed.

He said: “It’s very important knowing the players, watching them in the past and having a lot of contacts in football about the players on and off the pitch.

“There are a lot of good players here but they might need a bit of guidance sometimes, when to keep your shape or when to press.

“But as lads, we can’t have anything but praise for their attitude and the way they’ve conducted themselves.”

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