Brightlingsea Regent have appointed Tom Austin as their new manager.

Following the departure of former Colchester United captain Kem Izzet, Austin has left FC Clacton to become his successor.

Assistant manager Ryan Salter joins Austin at the club.

Chairman Terry Doherty said of the appointment: “I would like to place on record our thanks to Kem and Jon for all their efforts at the club in very trying times. I am very excited by the appointment of Tom Austin and club legend Ryan Salter.

“We have been tracking their progress at FC Clacton for some time now and we have been impressed by what they have achieved. Although the lads are stepping up two levels, I am sure they will get to grips with it quite quickly.”

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