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Lordswood name Matt Barman as new manager to replace Richard Dimmock

Lordswood have wasted no time in appointing their new manager.

The Southern Counties East League side have turned to Matt Barman to replace Richard Dimmock, who left the club on Monday.

New Lordswood boss Matt Barman, left, with director of football Jason Lillis. Picture: Lordswood FC (61837233)
New Lordswood boss Matt Barman, left, with director of football Jason Lillis. Picture: Lordswood FC (61837233)

Dan Tanner will be Barman's assistant with Paul Murray first-team coach.

A former Lordswood player, Barman was a prolific goalscorer for Milton in the Kent County League and Quested in the Medway Sunday League. His managerial experience has been at Milton and more recently in youth football with Whitstable.

"We are very excited to have this opportunity to become part of the Lordswood family," Barman told the club's website.

"Being a Chatham lad and having played for Lordswood under the legend that is Gary Doe, gives it that extra edge for me.

"I've managed now for approaching 15 years and feel that overall I have been successful winning titles and cups along the way and I hope to bring a winning mentality to the club.

"As a player, my heart was always at Quested and Milton where I had many successful years as well as some semi-pro clubs along the way.

"In the short term, we will be looking for intensity and commitment from the boys while we work with them on what we see as their roles and responsibilities and the shape and style we want to play.

"Looking at the team's record this season, there have been some impressive results. I read earlier that someone said how the previous manager had left the club in a better place than when he found it - I couldn't agree more, and we want to replicate this and in time add to it.

"Long term we want to create an environment of opportunity and eventually have a core of local players that are committed to the club. This certainly isn't an overnight thing, but I thoroughly believe it is achievable.

"I see so many talented young players falling out of love with the game due to missed opportunities. Whilst it is important to have experience within the team, we believe that age is just a number.

"If you're good enough and bring the right level of commitment and desire, whether your in your 30s or late teens, we'll help nurture the talent and progress it through the club."

Tanner has previously played for Folkestone, Sittingbourne, Ashford and Ramsgate while Murray previously managed both Canterbury and Deal, and was assistant boss at Ramsgate and Whitstable.

Lordswood are without a fixture this weekend so Barman's first game in charge will be at home to Kennington in the Premier Division on Tuesday night.

Lords are currently 13th in the table with 24 points from 21 games played.

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