Hakan Hayrettin branded Maidstone’s recruitment ‘shocking’ after they were relegated from the National League, Kent Online report.

The drop was confirmed after yesterday’s 2-0 defeat by Salford, with United on their way down after three seasons in non-league’s top flight.

Hayrettin and John Still succeeded Harry Wheeler in January but couldn’t halt the slide back to National South. The Stones head coach said he and Still ‘have to have a look at ourselves’ but in reality the damage was already done.

With relegation settled, the pair can set about building a new squad in their mould – one that will challenge for an immediate return.

Hayrettin said: “It’s all about recruitment. Recruitment is the key. I’ve said that from day one.

“I could be a good politician but sometimes I’m too straight.

“The recruitment here has been shocking, in my opinion. The mix has never been right.

“I accumulated 33 players in and out the door in three months before we came, which is unbelievable for a club at this level.”

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