DONE DEAL | Gary Elphick is the new Men’s First Team Manager

Hastings United Football Club are proud to announce the appointment of Gary Elphick as the new Men’s First Team Manager.

Elphick, the much-loved Hastings United centre back takes the role having previously led Worthing to promotion to the Isthmian League Premier in 2015-16.

Elphick will remain playing and therefore is assisted by Assistant Manager, Andrew Brown and First Team Coach, Jon Meeney who was joint Manager with Elphick at Worthing.

Gary Elphick: “I’ve become very fond of Hastings United from my time as a player and I am looking forward to this opportunity of management again. I wish to continue from the good work Chris Agutter has done at the club in recent seasons, the foundations have been laid and it’s up to myself and the staff to get the best out of the players for progression to resume. Andrew Brown and the rest of the club staff will continue with their current roles, which is testament to them and shows the belief I have in them continue with the success we’ve had in recent seasons.

I will continue playing this season, so I have bought Jon Meeney to the club to help assist Andrew Brown with training and match day duties. Jon will be key and I’ve also experienced success with him at Worthing in a similar situation. He will add energy, knowledge and I look forward to working alongside him again.

I like to thank Billy, Daren, and Peter for the opportunity, and I will do my upmost for the club. Lastly, I wish to mention the fans, my fondness for the club is mainly down to the rapport I have with the supporters. You’ve been first class with me, and I really hope I can achieve something special for you. Onwards and upwards! COYU”

Billy Wood (CEO/Chairman): “I am delighted to appoint Gary Elphick as the new manager of Hastings United. Gaz knows the club, knows what we are about on and off the pitch and with the addition of Jon Meeney it feels exciting and fresh. Gaz made it very clear how important Andrew Brown is to his vision and it’s something the club wholeheartedly agree with. We thank Browny for taking the team in the interim and whilst full faith was installed in him at this time continuing in the role of Assistant Manager suits both the individual and the club perfectly. I urge The ‘U’s supporters to get behind the new management team. We all have a job to do, and I have full faith that we will get it done this season. Let’s pack the place on Saturday and get back to what we know best!”