Alongside returning manager Andy Hessenthaler, Dover fans might well recognise the rest of the club’s new management team.

Darren Hare returns for for a second spell, this time as joint first-team coach, having served as number two during Hessenthaler’s reign as gaffer. Hare, who is also Hessenthaler’s brother-in-law, was most recently in charge of Hastings United and also represented Dover as a player on two occasions.

Also joining as first-team coach is Nicky Southall. Southall, who featured 31 times for Dover, played in the top four divisions of the English football pyramid, including 20 appearances in the Premier League for Bolton Wanderers.

The Middlesbrough-born midfielder also spent the largest part of his playing career with Gillingham and was most recently assistant-manager at Maidstone United, helping oversee their rise from the Isthmiam Premier division to the National League.


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