Brickies appoint new manager- and deliver a salute to Sonia!

Odev gets the job on a permanent basis- and Sittingbourne recognise Sonia for many years as a dedicated volunteer

Before the match against promoted Carshalton Athletic on Saturday, Sittingbourne chairman Maurice Dunk and Secretary John Pitts advised Aslan Odev that he had been made permanent manager. Odev had been temporary manager since taking over from Nick Davis in early February.

If the Brickies needed any additional motivation before taking on the side on the best run in the top eight levels of the English game, then this news obviously worked, as 90 minutes later they'd inflicted Carshalton's first defeat since November. This was Sittingbourne's fifth win in nine games, with only two defeats in that time.

Odev, at 26, is the youngest manager in the Bostik League.

Sittingbourne presentation

Sittingbourne presentation

Sittingbourne have a history of giving managers their first managerial experience at this level. Previous first time managers include Richard Brady (now Leatherhead chairman), Mark Beeney (ex Leeds united and Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper- now full time goal keeper coach at Chelsea), Gary Abbott and Steve Lovell (now Gillingham manager).

The image above shows Odev- centre, back- along with Vice President Alan Barty and chairman Maurice Dunk, as they presented flowers to volunteer Sonia Crayford, who works in the boardroom on match days. As you know, you should never ask a lady her age, so let's just say she's 39 and you can rearrange those numbers however you like!

Congratulations to Aslan- and a Bostik League salute to Sonia. Our volunteers keep our clubs going, and to be still working hard truly magnificent.

Images courtesy of Glen Parkes of Jace Media.

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