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Faversham Town terminate duo’s reign after cup defeat

Faversham Town

Phil Miles and Danny Chapman have been sacked by Isthmian League Faversham Town.

The duo left Salters Lane on Wednesday, 11 months after succeeding interim manager Clive Walker in November 2018.

Walker, who’d been holding the fort last season following the departure of the long-serving Ray Turner, is back at the helm again as interim manager as the Lilywhites seek a permanent appointment.

The 44-year-old is no stranger to management. He moved into coaching at Ebbsfleet before enjoying a spell as assistant manager at Braintree Town.

Miles and Chapman were thanked by Faversham Town chairman Paul Bennett in a statement confirming their departure with their side in 13th spot in the Isthmian League’s South East Division.

According to the club, the decision to part company was taken by the Kent club’s board in the wake of Tuesday’s night’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Herne Bay in the Velocity Trophy, the Isthmian League’s cup competition.

Bennett said: “We’d like to thank Phil and Danny for the effort they have put into trying to rebuild a team following the difficulties experienced last season. They came in at a difficult time and I acknowledge that it has not been an easy task.

“I don’t wish to go into details but the directors were unhappy with the direction that the club was going in, both on and off the pitch, and it was felt best to address that now while there is time to rectify it this season. We wish Phil and Danny all the best for the future.”

Miles played as centre-half at Salters Lane from 1988 to 1992 before spells at Herne Bay, Deal Town, Chatham Town and Slade Green. After coaching Chatham Town’s first team, he teamed up with Chapman at Ebbsfleet’s successful academy set-up.

Chapman played in the Football League for Millwall and Leyton Orient as well as Dover Athletic, Folkestone Invicta, Welling United, Hastings and Cray Wanderers in Non-League.

The Lilywhites are hoping to make a swift appointment. Potential candidates should contact Bennett via email at chairman@favershamtownfc.co.uk.

Image courtesy of Ian Scammell

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