Bostik League South club Hastings United received an approach from Bostik Premier side Worthing for manager Adam Hinshelwood and he has decided to move along the south coast to Woodside Road.
Hinshelwood admitted that he was having some personal and family issues that were now making the travel between Selsey and Hastings difficult and had the potential to affect his ability to do the job as he would like which would not have been acceptable.
The club reluctantly entered into discussions with Worthing and confirm that a compensation agreement has been agreed between both clubs and Hinshelwood has agreed personal terms and therefore will be taking over as their manager.
Hastings` director of football Dean White told his club`s official website: “Obviously we are hugely disappointed with the situation but when Adam made us aware that due to personal and family reasons he would like to speak to Worthing about their management vacancy, despite being on contract with our club, we felt we could not stand in his way.
“Adam has been a breath of fresh air since he arrived in June and has been key in developing a hard-working and professional culture at the Football Club which will be needed for us to progress and achieve long term sustainability moving forward.
“We knew when we appointed a manager of Adam’s quality that we may find it difficult to keep hold of him. However, it’s obviously a surprise to everyone that an approach has come so soon, three months into a three-year contract.
“On behalf of the club I would like to thank Adam for his service to Hastings United Football Club and also Worthing for the professional way they have conducted themselves throughout the process and wish them both the very best for the future.”
Hinshelwood said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club. I have loved working with everyone and I wish them well in the future. The club is starting to move in the right direction and some of the work that is going on behind the scenes with the academy and the potential new ground will be fantastic for the community.
“Unfortunately, due to some serious personal and family issues that have recently arisen I was starting to find the travelling difficult from Selsey as these issues mean I have to spend more time nearer to home.
“I would like to thank the Board for the opportunity they gave me and also the supporters who have been very welcoming. It may take time but I am convinced that with the foundations that are being put in place the club will get back to where it needs to be in the near future.”
Chris Agutter, who has been Hinshelwood’s assistant, has been appointed as the new first-team manager with immediate effect and took charge of Saturday’s game.
White added: “We have moved quickly to secure Chris as first-team manager. He is an exceptional coach who has a tremendous work ethic, drive and thirst for success which is exactly what we are looking for from a manager.
“He has track record of working with and developing young players which the club has identified as key component in its strategy to be successful and progress forward in future years.
“Chris knows the existing squad and will build on what Adam has started. He will be given time to develop a young and hungry team to challenge and compete for promotion over the next two years.
“Having said that, he will also be looking to strengthen the squad via adding experienced players to the squad. He is already started the process to do just that and has identified a number of targets”.
MANAGEMENT NEWS | Adam Hinshelwood has left the club and will be replaced by Chris Agutter as the new First Team Manager! #HUFC
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