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Maidstone United head coach Hakan Hayrettin responds to sack calls after one game in charge

Hakan Hayrettin will work tirelessly to win over Maidstone fans who wanted him sacked after one game.

Travelling supporters called for Hayrettin's head at the end of Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Eastbourne.

Maidstone United head coach Hakan Hayrettin Picture: Matthew Walker
Maidstone United head coach Hakan Hayrettin Picture: Matthew Walker

It came five days after he was confirmed as John Still's successor, with United's head of football taking a back seat leading up to his departure at the end of the season.

"I'm not fazed by what the supporters have got to say," said head coach Hayrettin.

"It's part of the job. It could be worse, it could be 50,000 people.

"Anyone who knows me knows my work ethic and how hard I work to make things happen, wherever I've been.

"Don't judge me on one game - judge me on a season.

"There's a lot of work to be done here and I've been fortunate enough to be given that opportunity.

"We've started to lay the foundations."

Still always intended Hayrettin to take the reins after bringing him to the Gallagher last season.

"I'm a young version of John," said Hayrettin, who was Still's first-team coach when Luton won the Conference in 2014.

"If I can emulate half the things he’s done I’ll be pleased.

"We need players at this football club that are going to wear their heart on their sleeves, wear the badge with honour and when they cross the white line work as hard as they possibly can and that’s what we aim to do.

"There is empathy for the badge - we just didn't play well."

Maidstone are ninth in National League South, five points outside the play-offs, with two games in hand on seventh-placed Dorking.

They're due at Billericay tomorrow night.

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