Ridgeons Football League
Published 11th June 2012
....Stanway Rovers, has acted quickly to secure new quality signings to bolster the first-team squad ahead of the forthcoming 2012/13 season.
The first player to pledge himself to the Rovers` new campaign is Kevin Coyle, who last season was Captain of Essex neighbours FC Clacton.
Although only 24, Coyle brings a wealth of experience to the Hawthorns having had spells as a youngster with Tottenham Hotspur and Colchester United before Wivenhoe Town (twice) and FC Clacton (twice).
Coyle has made over 250 appearances for the Seasiders and was their skipper and leading goalscorer for 2011/12.
Pitt said: “Kevin is the first of a number of new faces I am hoping to bring in to the Hawthorns as we look to build on the positives of last year when we finished a strong fifth in the Premier League and picked up the League Challenge Cup.
“Kevin has a great deal of experience at this level, has an eye for goal, and a great appetite to succeed.”
FC Clacton have, however, accused their former manager of breaking a “solemn promise” by taking Coyle to Stanway.
His departure has been met with an angry reaction by the Seasiders` chairman David Ballard, who insists Pitt promised not to sign Coyle when he left Clacton to become Stanway boss last July.