It's the end of Knight for the Blues

Wingate and Finchley announce managerial departure

Pitching In Isthmian Premier Division Wingate and Finchley have this morning announced the departure of manager Spencer Knight.

Knight was appointed in late September 2019. The Blues won five fixtures under his management before the 2019-20 season came to a premature halt, and were in sixteenth place when last season came to a halt, having won three and drawn one of their eight matches.

Chair Aron Sharpe told the Blues website:

"The decision has been made as the club in recent seasons has moved away from the very reason why I am involved in football at this level. It was felt by myself and within the club that our DNA was always based on development and a pathway for youngsters and providing opportunities for our players to develop as coaches and helping backroom medical staff and volunteers gain experience, for example Anthony Limbrick, Michael Stone, Steve Lilley just to name a few.

It is always a struggle at this level to find the balance between investing in the first team while focusing on development, but the Pandemic has allowed the Club to take stock and while the decision was a difficult one, it is something we felt was in the best interests of the Club in line with our ethos and provides exciting opportunities to rebuild.

I have a lot of respect for Spencer. He was the only person interviewed when he was hired and I have no doubt he will be a success in his next role. The Club wishes Spencer every success in his future pathway."

Where next?

Prestedge retires- and immediately takes a new job Margate man remains at Hartsdown Park
Woods begin manager search Rob Ursell departs for pastures new

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