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Time on Hythe’s side after Denly’s departure

BetVictor Isthmian League Hythe Town are hoping the extra time they have to turn around their season following the departure of Sam Denly quickly pays off.

Thanks to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Cray Wanderers in the FA Cup, the Cannons have this weekend off after a 7-1 hammering by Faversham Town in the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday night led to Denly’s exit.

Denly, pictured, departed on Wednesday with the Cannons third from bottom of the BetVictor Isthmian South East Division after a single win and three defeats so far in the league.

Appointed in 2017 as the successor to Clive Cook, the 35-year-old was Herne Bay’s manager for almost four years before taking charge after a short break from the game. He quickly steered Hythe Town to within a hair’s breadth of a play-off spot in 2017-18 before securing a seventh placed finish last term.

In statement on their website, the Cannons thanked Denly for his efforts and set a 10pm deadline on Friday night for potential successors to come forward.

The statement read: “Following the heavy defeat at Faversham Town on Tuesday evening and a string of disappointing performances and losses, the Board have to announce that Sam Denly has decided to resign his position as manager of Hythe Town FC.

“Sam has been a very popular and friendly face around Reachfields since his appointment in 2017 and none of us wanted this time to arrive.

“Those wishing to be considered for the vacancy should forward their names in confidence to the Secretary by e-mail at martinandsuegiles@gmail.com by 10pm on Friday September 6th.

“Shortlisted applicants will then be advised on Saturday and should then be able to attend an interview process at a designated local place and time on Sunday September 8th 2019.”

Founded in August 1910, The Cannons moved to Reachfields in 1977. Previously an army sports ground next to a firing range, the stadium’s record attendance of 2,147 was set in 1990 against Yeading in an FA Vase semi-final.


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