We are delighted to announce that Nick Davis joins us as assistant manager to Ernie Batten for the new campaign. Nick brings a wealth of experience to The Havill Stadium – Holm Park having been with many Kent clubs in his career and as Sittingbourne manager up until the end part of last season having spent the past 6 years with the Brickies as both a player and manager.
We caught up with Nick at The Havill Stadium – Holm Park.
Welcome to Sheppey United FC. What was the deciding factor to join The Ites?
The foundations, set up and structure is already in place. The ambition from Ernie and Matt was refreshing and exciting and the fan base is something that makes it unique and very appealing.
What are the early plans for Ernie and yourself in terms of the pre-season and forming the new squad for the forthcoming season?
Ernie has been working hard to improve the squad and since I have come onboard have also been on the phone constantly. We are still looking for 3/4 new additions as well as the majority of last years squad agreeing to stay on. We have a plan of how we want to play and formation to implement and we have 8 sessions and 7 friendlies to work on this before the season begins.
Have there been any targets set as yet for the season?
I’m sure the fans would like a nice cup run or two and we hope that’s the case. For Ernie and Myself promotion would take preference. It it’s going to be a tough ask but one we will do our best to achieve.
How do you see your role in the development of the club?
I will try and assist Ernie and help to bridge the gap from mid table finish last season to a side competing at the top of the table.
Our stadium and facilities are among the best in Kent non-league. What were your impressions of it?
Extremely impressed and was a major factor for me accepting the position.
We have a huge following with match attendances and supporters who are very vocal. Do you think that can help push us on?
It can help of-course and it will be key for us this coming season both home and away. We will also have to deal with the fact of some sides upping their game in-front of our supporters on an immaculate playing surface.
We would like to thank both Barry Morgan and Geoff Record for their consistant hard work and loyalty at the club. Barry has taken up the vacant managers role at Rochester United and Geoff has decided to take a short break from football in the short term
We wish them both well for the future.
We will shortly be releasing full details with the first 2 new signings at the club in Conrad Lee and Rob Denness.