Wilson departs after latest reverse

By David Watters

Heybridge Swifts

Heybridge Swifts are looking for a new manager after Kevin Wilson parted company with the Ryman North club at lunchtime on Thursday.

The former Burnham Ramblers manager, pictured, took over at Scraley Road in the summer following Jody Brown's departure to guide Ryman Premier Grays Athletic.

Brown took the club to the Ryman North play-offs last season but Wilson struggled to get going at the Essex club, finally securing his first win in his fifth game in charge.

Wilson left with a record of five wins, five draws and eleven defeats, Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat at Wroxham proving to be his final game in charge of the fifth from bottom Swifts.

The club host Tilbury in Ryman North action on Saturday and in a statement released on their website announcing Wilson's exit, officials said director of football Wayne Bond would take over on an interim basis while they consider appointing Wilson's successor.

Swifts chairman Nick Bowyer said: "It is extremely disappointing that things have not worked out for Keith. However, he will always be made welcome at Scraley Road.

"I would like to wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his honesty, integrity and the hard work he has put into the role. I'm sure he will be back involved in football management soon."

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