Former Premier League star Jimmy Bullard has been named as new manager of Ryman Premier League club Leatherhead.

Bullard, who starred in the top flight with the likes of Wigan Athletic, Hull City and Fulham, was named as Mike Sandman’s replacement as Tanners boss.

After appointing Bullard, Tanners chairman Richard Brady revealed the reasons behind the appointment.

He said “Jimmy has gained a wealth of experience into a variety of management and coaching techniques as a player and is looking to bring the best of these experiences to Leatherhead Football Club, coupled with a very clear philosophy in terms of how he wishes his team to play.

“Jimmy has lived in Cobham for some years, and is excited at the upcoming challenge as well as being very impressed by the state of the art training facilities available at River Lane. Jimmy has held lengthy discussions with me as well as other senior club personnel in order to help in understand the clubs ethos as well as our ambitions for the future that we look forward to him being part of.”

He added: “Jimmy will be bringing in support staff, coupled with my help and contacts in the non league football community in order we can look to strengthen the first team squad. I know you will join me in welcoming Jimmy to the club at the very earliest opportunity.”

Leatherhead currently sit second from bottom in the Ryman League Premier Division table, with only five points from their opening seven games.

Bullard will take charge of his new side on Tuesday evening as they travel to face Folkestone Invicta.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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