Manager Jamie Howell has left Bognor Regis Town to join Eastbourne Borough just days after leading the Rocks to promotion into the Vanarama National League South.

A 2-1 Ryman Premier League play-off final win over Dulwich Hamlet ensured that Howell ended his reign at Nyewood Lane, and he now moves to Sussex rivals Eastbourne Borough.

The Sports moved to appoint Howell and in doing so they fill the vacancy left by former boss Tommy Widdrington.

His new club confirmed that his appointment was made after they interviewed three candidates for the position, with interest in the position coming from “a substantial number of applicants, covering a wide spectrum of football – local, national and international”

Howell takes over a side that finished eleventh in the National League South this season.

Speaking to the Sports official website he said “I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to manage at Eastbourne Borough.

“The club has been left with an excellent platform for me to work with and I cannot wait to start the process to bring success to Priory Lane. My role will encompass the 1st XI and overseeing the Academy structure as I want us to be known for playing attractive and winning football with a nucleus of players coming thorough our Academy”

He paid tribute to his former employers saying “Having spent 20 years at Bognor Regis Town as a player and a manager I felt it was time for another chapter in my career and I am very grateful to Bognor and wish them well in the future.”

Sports Chairman John Bonar said “We are delighted to welcome Jamie to Priory Lane. His appointment was unanimous amongst the panel – and he was almost universally recommended to the club from a wide range of contacts as the process unfolded – including ex-players, ex-management, and others associated with the club and from the wider football world beyond.”

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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