Hastings United assistant manager Steve Watt has left the club and accepted the vacant managerial position at Margate.
The former Chelsea defender replaces outgoing Margate boss Nikki Bull and has agreed a deal lasting until the end of the season.
The Gate are sat bottom of the Vanarama National League South table, nine points from safety.
Hastings United manager Darren Hare spoke to their official website and paid tribute to the work that Watt had done with the squad this season.
He said “Steve has been instrumental of where we’ve got to this season and been a good ambassador both on the pitch but mainly in the dressing room and coaching. He will be a loss and we’ve been a good partnership”.
Having said that we are galvanised group and players smelling success and we believe we’ve got the expertise on and off the field to finish the job. Timing is bad but it was too good of an opportunity to turn down. He goes with our best wishes and our thanks”.
Margate confirmed that Watts has appointed former Leatherhead manager Mike Sandmann as his first team coach.
Watt worked as Sandmann’s player/assistant manager during their time together with the Tanners.
During his playing career Watt made one Premier League appearance for Chelsea, coming off the bench as a late substitute for Jiri Jarosik against Newcastle United on the last day of the 2004/05 season.
Since leaving Stamford Bridge he went on to play for the likes of Ross County, Grimsby Town and Maidstone United.
He also has five Scotland U21 caps to his name.
Watt and Sandmann will be in charge for Margate’s National League South game against fellow relegation strugglers Whitehawk on Saturday.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Images: Margate FC