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Kemal Leaves – Ware Bring In Vastly Experienced Replacement

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Kem Kemal has left as manager of Bostik League North club Ware after a disappointing period in which a run of thirteen games produced only one win -a 3-2 Herts Senior Cup success at Step 5 London Colney – and saw the side ship 33 goals.

However, both Kemal’s two spells as manager saw him pull the side out of some sticky situations.

Arriving half way through 2013/14 he built an exciting and successful side that finished well clear of the relegation that had looked a distinct possibility.

The following season saw Ware finish comfortably in the top half of the table and by the time Kemal resigned in 2015/16, the side were sitting second in the Evo-Stik Southern Division One Central.

By the time he returned seventeen months later, Ware were back in a relegation struggle that they looked doomed to lose.

Arriving with just five fixtures left, he inspired the team to four straight wins and if they had gained the goal or point they deserved in the final game, Ware wouldn’t have needed the reprieve that ultimately maintained their place at Step 4 level.

As a result, expectations were high for this season and seemed to be justified when the team won five of its opening nine games. However, instead of driving on, they lost momentum with that thirteen-game run and it has been deemed time to change.

Taking over is the vastly experienced Craig Edwards, who managed Bostik Premier side Billericay Town for seven seasons but left in the wake of Glenn Tamplin’s take over.

He joined Kingstonian for the start of this season and famously took his team back to Billericay on the opening day and won 1-0.

However, he left Kingstonian in October with the team lying seventh in the Bostik Premier, citing budget cuts as his reason.

Previously in charge of the likes of Chelmsford City and Grays Athletic, Edwards’ immediate job is to stop the bad run and get the team winning again.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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