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Matt Wyatt and Nick Davis will be given an opportunity to claim the Sittingbourne job permanently following the exit of Jim and Danny Ward

Sittingbourne joint-manager Matt Wyatt
Sittingbourne joint-manager Matt Wyatt

Caretaker managers Matt Wyatt and Nick Davis will be given every chance to secure the Sittingbourne job permanently.

About 20 people have expressed an interest in succeeding Jim and Danny Ward, who resigned after last week’s Kent Senior Cup win at Chatham.

But chairman Maurice Dunk wants to see if coach Wyatt and captain Davis are up to the job before rushing into an appointment.

The pair started with a 3-0 win over Worthing last weekend and were in charge for the defeat at Chipstead on Tuesday night.

They will also be at the helm when Bourne host Littlehampton in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday.

Maurice Dunk
Maurice Dunk

Mr Dunk said: “Matt and Nick stabilised things and have the players on side and I thought tactically they got things spot-on against Worthing.

“Around 20 managers have been in touch – some in work, some out of work and even one who’s attached to a Football League club – but we’re not looking to make an appointment as we want to give Matt and Nick a chance.

“The first thing we’d like to see is results, although I accept we were unlucky to lose five of the first six league games under Jim and Danny.

The Wards quit last week, citing budget concerns as their principal reason and unhappy supporters made their feelings known at the Worthing game.

Mr Dunk added: “Jim and Danny resigned. The supporters started out singing for them and by the end, they were signing for the new guys.”

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