Jay Saunders has been officially confirmed as Margate’s manager for next season.

Photo: Margate FC

The long-time former Maidstone United boss had made a return to management earlier this year with the Gate, leading them away from danger in the Bostik Premier alongside Mike Sandmann. After a 12th-place finish, the pair departed, but Saunders has now been re-announced as the club’s gaffer for 2019/20.

Saunders told the club’s website:“I’m really pleased to get an agreement sorted with the club. I make no secret of the fact the club is special to me as both a player and during my spell as manager last season.

“Whilst disappointed we couldn’t reach an initial agreement, with the benefit of the close-season and some time, I feel this is right for me. I was delighted to keep the club up last season and now the hard work will begin to prepare for the new campaign.

“As a club, we are looking to progress over the next few years, building a young talented squad that provides stability and steady progress. It’s a challenge I’m excited for and want to carry on building a buzz around the football club.”

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