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Former Newport County coach Wayne Hatswell joins Justin Edinburgh's Gillingham

Wayne Hatswell
Wayne Hatswell

Gillingham have named Wayne Hatswell as their new under-18 coach.

He will replace Darren Hare as manager of the youth team.

Hare remains at the club, working alongside Hatswell, while also co-managing the Gills Ladies team.

Hatswell, 40, played for a number of lower-division clubs, including Oxford, Chester, Kidderminster, Rushden and Cambridge United.

He took on a player-coach role at Irish side Dundalk in 2010 and netted for the club in the UEFA Europa League.

Hatswell left the club at the end of the same year to join Edinburgh’s Newport County, again as a player-coach.

He left Newport at the end of the 2011/12 season for financial reasons and a brief spell at Conference North Brackley Town was followed by a spell as manager of Stamford AFC in the Northern Premier League, winning promotion in his first season.

Hatswell returned to Newport following their promotion to the Football League, as first team coach, in a move that Edinburgh described as key to their plans.

“I think he’s as important as any player we sign,” said Edinburgh at the time of the move.

When Edinburgh left his role as manager to join the Gills, he stepped up to assist acting manager Jimmy Dack until the end of the season.

He was released by Newport in May as part of the major restructuring that has taken place at Rodney Parade.

The Gills have also name Adam Roach as new Head of Academy Sports Science & Medicine. He also previously worked at Newport under Edinburgh.

Hatswell may be familiar to some after his own goal in the FA Cup, while playing for Forest Green Rovers against Morecambe, smashing a clearance into the top corner of his own net. See the goal below.

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