Kings Langley manager Paul Hobbs has accepted the Club’s offer to continue in the role next season.
Club spokesman Derry Edgar said this week “The retention of Paul Hobbs as Team Manager is a massive positive for the Club.
Paul came into the club in difficult circumstances, in the wake of an exodus of players and management. What he and his coaching staff have done here in maintaining our premier division status in the Southern League, simply cannot be understated.
On a ‘shoestring’ budget they have made the players better players and the team a better team.
All this has been achieved against the backdrop of F.A.mandated ground upgrade activities required to elevate the club’s facilities to a standard commensurate with the Southern League premier division.
All in all, it’s been a total team effort both on and off the pitch to ensure the club’s survival.
That said, nobody at the club is under any illusions at the challenge we face in continuing to operate at this level.
From a football perspective, the Club have made giant strides in recent seasons but it’s important those achievements are matched off the field to ensure the Club’s sustainability.
To that end I am similarly delighted to announce Jeremy Wilkins will succeed me as Chairman of the senior club with immediate effect.
The job of Chairman is a pivotal role at any Club but at the level we are now operating it’s vital the holder of the role can bring the business acumen, diligence and vision necessary to maintain the Club’s development.
Jeremy has been associated with the club at senior and youth level for some time now and has given ample testimony that he possesses those qualities in abundance. I am confident he will bring these attributes to bear for the benefit of the club’s continued progression.
He will, of course, have my full support. During my tenure, I have been blessed with the support of a small but extremely hard working band of colleagues on the Club committee.
Most notably, by my colleague Andy Mackness, who. has made a huge, and often unheralded, contribution to the Club’s progress.
Since Andy’s enforced absence through illness it has been conspicuous just how much workload he had to contend with.
Jeremy’s succession will allow me to share some of that workload, particularly regarding the administration of the club, while Andy continues to recuperate.
I will certainly remain totally ‘hands-on’as the club continues to strive for sustainability at the level we now find ourselves”
Wilkins commented “I am excited and honoured to accept the role of Chairman of the Senior Club and to help build on the achievements of Derry who has been an excellent Chairman over many years. The club has achieved unprecedented success over the last 4 seasons and it is imperative that we build on this success and continue to move forward on and off the field of play. The club is now at a level of football where the financial demands and infrastructure requirements are far greater than we have ever experienced, this is a challenge that as a board we believe we are now very well equipped to deal with.”