East Thurrock United have named Paul Martin as their new manager.

Martin will be the successor to long-serving John Coventry, who has seen his tenure sadly ended early by the Step 3-7 season cancellation.

Martin spent 15 years at Romford prior to the takeover of the club earlier this season. He will be joined at the Rocks by assistant Mark Lord, who has previously played for the club.

Danny Cossington will also be staying at the club as player-coach. Martin told East Thurrock’s website:

“First and foremost, there are no words to describe what John Coventry has achieved at this club; he is a close friend of mine and It’s an honour to be succeeding such a manager. I would like to thank the new club officials for giving me the opportunity to manage this fantastic club.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the new committee, the youth teams and managers, meeting the loyal fan base, and meeting any challenges which may lie ahead. Hopefully we can all meet up as soon as possible, once the current pandemic has passed.

“In the meantime, stay safe everyone.”