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Hythe Town manager Steve Watt wants to stay at Isthmian South East club next season

Steve Watt hopes to discuss his future as Hythe manager over the next month or so.

Watt has led the Cannons on a run of one defeat in 10 games, including six wins, to pull clear of trouble in Isthmian South East.

Hythe manager Steve Watt. Picture: Andy Jones
Hythe manager Steve Watt. Picture: Andy Jones

Three straight draws have cooled talk of a late surge for the play-offs and while Watt isn’t giving up on the top five, he’s ready for a conversation about next season.

He’d like to stay on and is confident he’ll be able to keep his experienced squad together.

Watt said: “I don’t know what the club are thinking themselves at the moment.

“There’s questions that need to be answered both ways if you like.

“I’d like to stay here and keep the players together because we now have a squad that’s capable of achieving something this club’s been trying to do for the last few years and that’s win promotion.

“The club’s never had that continuity, there’s always been a massive turnover of players.

“The successful teams all have the same core of players and the same management teams.

“That’s something this club needs but again we’ll sit down with the chairman at some point and find out what the plans are for next year.

“Either the club will make a decision with regards to myself or I’ll have to make a decision but I’d certainly like to continue and build on what we’ve done so far.

“I made it clear when I came in it wasn’t a short-term thing, I like to build clubs and squads and teams.

“I’m sure we’ll have a chat at some point, hopefully in the next month, because you get to March and you need to start putting plans in place for next year.”

The likes of Jamie Coyle, James Rogers, Alex Flisher and Tom Wynter have made a big difference, while Watt is also getting the best out of Frannie Collin.

They’re all players who could help Hythe to the next level.

Watt said: “These boys want to enjoy their football.

“A lot of clubs have come in for our players since I’ve been in and they’ve turned down moves because they’re happy where they are.

“We’ve got a good working environment at Hythe where the players want to be here, which is a big help.

“When you try and get players in, they look at the level and they’re not sure but then they look at the dressing room and the environment and that can sway them.

“We have the nucleus of a good side that will stay and set us up brilliant for next year.

“We’ve still not given up on the play-offs this year.

“If we win six out of seven again we’re right in the mix.”

Hythe host Guernsey this Saturday, kick-off 12.45pm.

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