Sidlesham FC are on the hunt for a new manager – despite the start of the season being less than a month away.
The SCFL Division One side made a successful return to senior football last term, sealing a mid-table finish as Steve Bailey put together a talented team of young players.
But, the off-season has seen a number of changes at the Memorial Ground with Bailey now stepping up to take over the reins as chairman.
That has left a hole in the dugout – a gap that Sids are looking to fill as they look to continue to progress on the pitch.
The new manager will not have long to put their stamp on the new side – as pre-season fixtures get underway tomorrow with a home match against local rivals and SCFL Division Two side Bosham (3pm).
That is followed by a visits from East Preston (July 9), Epsom & Ewell (July 13), Fareham Town (July 16), Nyetimber Pirates (July 20) and Littlehampton Town (July 27).
With Bailey still involved, a number of last season’s squad are expected to stay involved with the Sids.
Simon Whall, who joined the club last summer, has been confirmed as first team head coach for up coming season. Simon has a wealth of playing experience at Wembley, Hayes and Chertsey.
Down the road at Selsey, former Sids boss Daren Pearce is making quiet preparations for the year ahead.
The focus for the Blues is very much on youth with Pearce tasked with bringing on a number of younger players through the ranks at the Bunn Leisure Community Stadium.
Pearce has already signalled that a number of the successful under 18s side, who won the champion of champions trophy across Sussex last season, will be involved with the first team squad when it gets underway.
SCFL Division Two side Bosham have also began their preparations for the new season with boss Tony Hancock overseeing training.
The Robins will be joined by 14 other sides in the league next season. Roffey – who finished third last season – have been promoted while Westfield have transferred.
They will be replaced by St Francis Rangers, who folded as a Division One side last season, and TD Shipley, who were runners-up in last season’s West Sussex Premier Division.