Vanarama National League club Ebbsfleet United have rewarded manager Daryl McMahon with a five year deal after he led them into non-league football’s top tier.
The Fleet bounced back from the disappointment of losing the National League South promotion final against Maidstone United in May 2016.
A 2-1 win over Chelmsford City in this year’s promotion final ensured that they will play in the National League for the first time since relegation in 2013.
Now former Leyton Orient midfielder McMahon has committed his long-term future to the Fleet as the Kent club prepare to take on some of non-league football’s biggest names during the coming season.
Speaking to the club’s official website chairman Chairman Dr Abdulla Al Humaidi said “Daryl has done a brilliant job at this club, initially with the youth academy and for the past two years as first-team manager. The quality of the football played has been outstanding and despite the disappointment of losing the 2016 Promotion Final on penalties in his first full season, Daryl galvanised the squad and got his just rewards this season with promotion to the National League.
“He is dedicated and committed to this club and conducts himself so professionally at all times and is a great ambassador for the club.
I want him to know how much we appreciate what he does and I want him to feel secure in his role; offering him this long-term contract demonstrates our confidence in his ability to continue the progress made in the last two years”
McMahon represented the likes of Stevenage Borough, Farnborough and Dover Athletic during his thirteen year playing career and made over sixty appearances for Ebbsfleet United before moving into management with the club.
He was initially appointed as caretaker manager following the departure of Steve Brown in November 2014, but left the club three months later when Jamie Day was named as the Fleet’s new manager.
However, Day’s reign lasted only three months, and McMahon returned to take charge of the club, penning a two-year deal in April 2015.
He led the Fleet to second place in the National League South in his first season in charge, but any thoughts of promotion were dashed after an agonising defeat on penalties against Maidstone United in the promotion final.
Twelve months on promotion into the National League was secured with a 2-1 win against Chelmsford City in last season’s promotion final.
With a busy summer ahead of him, McMahon has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal, a move he put down to feeling “totally comfortable” with life at Stonebridge Road.
Talking to Fleet Online he said “Over the past two years the club has backed me 100% and as a young coach it is vital I have time to help me to develop as a manager and learn my trade without the pressure some managers face week on week. I love this club and feel totally comfortable with the support structure around me and our supporters can rest assured that I will be doing everything I can to move this club forward.
“I want to see the team and the stadium develop in tandem and I want to put this club on the football map. The supporters were brilliant towards me and the players last season – and if we can maintain the attendances we saw in the latter stages of last season I promise them that we will entertain them and always give total commitment to the cause.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)