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Former Gillingham striker Jason Lillis talks about his role as Ramsgate's new head of coaching development

Jason Lillis says he is confident he can help Ramsgate progress after being named as the club's head of coaching development.

Lillis will work alongside the joint management team of Terry Sedge and Joe Radford after being confirmed in the role on Thursday.

His appointment follows the departure of Nick Davis whose contract as manager was terminated by the Rams last month.

Jason Lillis Picture: Andy Jones
Jason Lillis Picture: Andy Jones

Davis left with Rams bottom of Isthmian South East with just one point from their opening five fixtures.

They remain at the foot of the table and have a big game at Southwood on Saturday when they host East Grinstead, the team immediately above them.

Lillis, who turned 50 on October 1, is also Gillingham's head of coaching development.

He has also managed at Maidstone Herne Bay and Lordswood, been assistant manager under Nicky Southall at Whitstable and a coach at Folkestone.

Of his new role the former Gillingham forward said: “A position became available at the club. I had the opportunity to advise the club’s owner Richard Lawson and director and CEO Paul Bowden-Brown on how I feel the club, throughout, could benefit from the knowledge and experience I have gained from coaching in professional football.

“My role at Gillingham FC in coach development could certainly aid my development as a coaching mentor at the club.

"I want to implement some of the same ideas at Ramsgate.

“With my experience in that capacity, I feel I can work with all the coaches and players to make sure they improve and move forward for the progression of the football club.

“I look forward to working with the joint management team of Terry Sedge and Joe Radford to help move the club forward."

Mr Bowden-Brown said: “I feel the first team will gain the stability and the drive to climb the table under Jason's influence and structure and our under-23s will gain plenty of knowledge in the qualities needed to step up to the senior side.”

“Our thriving youth will benefit greatly from his experience and expertise in structuring the training sessions that will aid the coaches and the players in developing them in all aspects of the game.”

“I would also like to thank Will Graham, Joe Radford and Ian Docker for stepping in and steadying the ship.

"You must all agree an improvement has been seen on and off the field in this short space of time.”

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