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Ex-Walton Casuals manager Mark Hams handed the reins at Walton & Hersham

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FORMER Walton Casuals boss Mark Hams has been handed the reins at local rivals Walton & Hersham, replacing Tony Reid.

Reid stood down after almost two years as manager with the Swans sitting 17th in the Ryman South.

He was quickly replaced by Hams, who is no stranger to the club having served as Ian Hazel’s assistant from 2003 to 2005.

He also served as assistant at Kingstonian, Redhill and Tooting & Mitcham and had a spell as manager of Walton Casuals.

The 39-year-old met Swans fans on Saturday to outline his plans for the club ahead of his first league game in charge against East Grinstead at the weekend.

A club statement said: “Tony took over at Walton & Hersham at the end of February 2014, and the club would like to thank him for his hard work over the last 21 months. We wish Tony all the best for the future and feel sure he will find a new position in the coming weeks.

“Mark Hams has been appointed as the new manager with immediate effect. Mark filled the position of assistant manager to Ian Hazel at Stompond Lane during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, a role he has also since fulfilled at Kingstonian, Redhill and Tooting & Mitcham United. He also had a spell as 1st team manager at Walton Casuals.

“We would like to welcome Mark and his assistant Adam Pittwood to Walton & Hersham.”

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