Canvey Island have announced the appointment of Mark Bentley as their new manager.

The 40-year-old former Gillingham player replaces Danny Heale, who moves into the role of Director of Football at the Bostik North club. Heale had been in the managerial role for over five years but has stepped down due to work commitments.

Bentley, who also represented the likes of Southend United and Dagenham & Redbridge during his playing career, has previously been player-manager at Grays Athletic.

In quotes reported The Echo, Bentley said of his appointment:

“I heard the position was open last week and it has all happened very quickly. I have been desperate to get back into management since I left Grays, in honesty.

“I feel I have unfinished business as a manager and a coach.”