Kingstonian have announced that Hayden Bird has been appointed as manager.

Bird, who has also had success as manager of Croydon Athletic, Carshalton Athletic and Bromley, joined the Moatsiders in January 2012 and subsequently took the team to the FA Cup First Round in 2016 (when they played Oxford United in front of the BT Sport cameras). He also delivered four consecutive Surrey Senior Cup finals between 2015 and 2018 (winning in 2016 and 2018), promotion from Division One South in 2015 via the play-offs and in the season just finished, he took his team to the Premier Division Play-Off Final.

Tutu Henriques will be accompanying him as assistant manager.

Bird said: “I am delighted to been appointed the manager of Kingstonian Football Club. Such is the history of the club, Kingstonian remains one of the biggest clubs in non-league football.

“It’s a privilege to have been appointed as your manager. As everyone knows, I had great times at Merstham.

“In the last four years, we reached six cup finals, won the Surrey Senior Cup twice, reached the FA Cup first round versus Oxford United and reached the Bostik Premier League Play-Off Final, a few weeks ago. Having also enjoyed success at both Carshalton Athletic and Bromley, I would like to think I have the experience required to bring success to Kingstonian.

“I know the second half of the season was a difficult period for the club. However, I have no doubt that if we all pull together, we can restore Kingstonian’s pride and bring success to the pitch.”

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