Ebbsfleet United have chosen not to renew the contract of manager Kevin Watson.

The former Colchester United and Rotherham United midfielder was brought into the club as assistant to Garry Hill shortly before Fleet parted company with Hill in October. Watson took caretaker charge before later being given the role until the end of the season.

Under the 46-year-old, the club had got themselves back into survival contention in the National League, winning at high-flying FC Halifax Town in the final game before the season shutdown in March. Fleet were a point adrift of safety, though had played at least a game more than the sides around them.

The club said as part of an update to supporters yesterday evening: “Without detracting from the contribution Kevin made to the club, having been given the opportunity in October 2019 to step into the role vacated by Garry Hill, the club has made a decision to go in another direction.

“An applied and measured process around the selection of the long-term members of the football performance staff at the club is best practice and the right process to follow.”

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