TERRY BROWN has been announced as the new manager of National League South strugglers Basingstoke Town.
Brown replaces Michael Gilkes in the dugout after he left the club on Monday. He had only been in charge since November, stepping up from assistant to replace Jason Bristow.
The club’s form hasn’t improved, however, and they are rock bottom of the league. They are 11 points adrift of safety with eight games left to play.
The Dragons have opted for experience and announced Brown’s arrival on Tuesday morning. The former Hayes and Aldershot Town boss was sacked by Margate in December but is back in the National League South with Basingstoke.
Brown had been in charge at Hartsdown Park for two years and led the club to promotion through the Ryman Premier play-offs last term.
One of the most successful Non-League managers of the past two decades, Brown enjoyed great success at Hayes, Aldershot and AFC Wimbledon, who he took into the Football League in 2011.
He will be hoping for more good times at Basingstoke and his first game in charge will be Saturday’s home match against Oxford City.
A Basingstoke statement read: “The club are pleased to announce the appointment of Terry Brown as first team manager.
“He will meet the squad and take charge of training tonight (Tuesday). He will announce his coaching set up for the remainder of this season and for next season in due course.
“I am sure everyone will welcome Terry to The Camrose and look forward to his first game in charge on Saturday at home to Oxford City.
“Terry has vast experience at this level of football having managed Hayes, Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon and Margate.”