Hastings United have announced the departure of assistant manager Matt Longhurst.

The former East Grinstead Town manager joined the club just two weeks ago, but he now decided to leave the club.

A statement from Darren Hare was released on the club’s official website and confirmed Longhurst’s decision.

It read “Following some soul searching and a lengthy conversation with myself, Matt Longhurst has decided to leave Hastings United with immediate effect.

Matt is an honest and loyal guy and the transition from being a Manager to then becoming an assistant has proved more difficult than we both had imagined. At this moment, and at this stage of the season, he felt it was difficult to make the impact he would have liked, and so reluctantly offered his resignation yesterday (Sunday), which I accepted.

He has a great knowledge and philosophy on the game and his experience in management is excellent with limited resources. I thank him immensely for his professional attitude and contribution, albeit short in duration, and I wish him every success in the future as I am certain he will climb the managerial ladder quickly and be very successful in the coming months. We will remain close friends and colleagues moving forwards.

My job is to now drive things forwards and maintain a challenge on the play off spots and I will do that with the help of existing staff for the remaining fixtures. It may well be I look to recruit an assistant for next season, but at the moment I want to try to galvanise the group and avoid too many changes. The focus has to be the players and the results now”

Longhurst has now returned to former club East Grinstead Town and has returned to his old role as their manager.

Wasps chairman Richard Tramontin said: “We met with Matt on Monday and after a long discussion it was the unanimous decision of the club’s committee to offer him his old job back.

“We didn’t want him to leave in the first place and we’re pleased that he is back to continue to lead the progress we have made on the pitch since he was appointed in October 2015.

“Matt has put in place a strong football ethos with the accent on developing young players and we are looking forward to that continuing long into the future.”

Source: Hastings United FC

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