Russell the new Chief Ram

By Ian Townsend

Tony Russell -and Assistant Joe Vines- are the new management team at Ramsgate

Ramsgate have announced the appointment of Tony Russell as their new boss, replacing Ben Smith, who departed last week.

Tony left Pitching In Isthmian Premier side Lewes last month, his final games in charge being played on the banks of Lake Garda as the Rooks took part in the Fenix Trophy Finals. Leaving the Rooks alongside him was his Assistant Joe Vines, and the duo will once again team up at the Rams.

Tony and Joe joined the Rooks in April 2021, after departing Cray Wanderers- first steering the Wands to the South East title and then establishing them as a top flight club. They were in second place and looking certain of a play off spot when the pandemic ended the 2019-20 campaign early.

Prior to the spell at Cray, there was also a title win at VCD Athletic a few years before. He also managed Erith Town.

He will be reunited once more with record breaking Rams- and formerly Rooks and Wands- striker Joe Taylor on the Kent coast.

You can watch an interview with him here:

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