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MAIDSTONE UTD FC: John Still to quit at end of season

Monday 9th March 2020

MAIDSTONE United manager John Still is to leave the club at the end of the season.

The three-time Conference winning boss will depart at the end of his 18-month deal, leaving head coach Hakan Hayrettin in charge of the first team.

Mr Hayrettin has already started overseeing the final weeks of this season alongside planning for the new campaign, which will include additions to his management team and playing squad.

Mr Still, who took the club out of non league football into the Football League in 1989 said: “When I agreed to come back, I wanted Hak to be part of that and to eventually pass the baton to him.

“Maidstone was always unfinished business for me and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to come in and renew my association with the club.

“I might have been the first to take Maidstone into the Football League but if everyone pulls in the same direction, I certainly won’t be the last.”

He came out of retirement last January to return to the club where he won the first of three conference titles, the highest prize in English non-league football

In a successful managerial career he took charge of more than 2,000 games.

Club chief executive Bill Williams said: “If, as I suspect, this is John’s last hurrah in football management, I am very glad it was with us. To have had the benefit of his experience, knowledge and knowhow will stand us in good stead in the months ahead.

“While I’ve known John more years than either of us care to remember, Hakan was a new prospect but over the last 15 months I’ve got to see his desire, passion and work ethic and it’s those traits I’ve come to admire and respect, and I will give him every ounce of support I possibly can.”

Club co-owner Oliver Ash said: “John brought us much needed experience and stability. We thank him for that and he will always have our affection and respect. Now it’s time to look ahead, finish this season strongly and plan for next season.”

With 10 games of this season to play, the club, under Mr Hayrettin, will be going all out for a place in the play-offs.

FULL STORY IN DOWNS MAIL

 

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