Tommy Warrilow is the new manager of Ashford United.

Warrilow, an ex-Millwall and Torquay United player, replaces Gary Alexander, who was surprisingly sacked on Saturday evening after the team’s 4-1 win over Herne Bay. Former Tonbridge Angels, Cray Wanderers and Thamesmead Town boss Warrilow was a notable player with the old Ashford Town during his career on the pitch and he expressed his delight at returning:

“The chance to manage Ashford was too good to turn down. The club is well respected within non-league circles and I truly believe that some exciting times are ahead with the project the club has in place to build on and off the field.

“As soon as the club contacted me, I spoke to Gary Alexander to discuss the situation and I feel comfortable moving forward. I would like to thank Don Crosbie and the board of directors for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to building on the position we are in currently and hope to challenge for promotion at the end of the season.”

Ashford United chairman Derek Pestridge told the club’s website: “On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Tommy for agreeing to succeed Gary Alexander as our new manager.

“Tommy is a popular figure, dating back to the Ashford Town days. His name has come up in the past and the demise of Thamesmead Town has allowed us to move quickly to secure his services because many other clubs have also been interested in his services.

“Tommy is impressed by the club’s long-term plans for the future. He will be working with the same budget as Gary and like all supporters, I’m excited to see him back at Homelands.

“Tommy has vast experience, a large network of contacts, and, more importantly, is a very respected figure in Kent football circles.”

Warrilow will be assisted by his long-term number two Alex O’Brien.

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