Harry Wheeler says he inherited a mess when he took over as Maidstone manager, Kent Online report.

Wheeler has made wholesale changes since succeeding Jay Saunders in September but results have got worse. After winning two of his first three games, one win in the next 10 has left United four points from safety in the National League.

They’re second-bottom after losing at Barrow last weekend, a match which saw three more players make their debuts. Fans are already divided on Wheeler, just three months into his reign, but the former Billericay manager says he knew what he was walking into.

Asked if he was finding the job harder than expected, Wheeler said: “No, because I looked at it and I knew what a mess it was in.

“I think you see probably by the amount of players that went out to teams in the league below and they’re now not playing. I think that gives you an idea.

“The majority that went out are now not playing or clubs are asking to send them back, so you see what a mess it was in.

“It got better for a while and it’s dropped off again.

“I look at the squad now, it’s very good.

“We just need to start getting a continuity with it.”

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