Bognor Regis’ wait for a new manager is over – Sami El-Abd will take the club forward in the Vanarama National League South.
Regis have been without a boss since Jamie Howell left to take over at Eastbourne Borough days after taking the Rocks to promotion.
He will be remain a player and the central defender will be tasked with keeping the club a demanding division.
General manager Jack Pearce says the decision to appoint from within was one Bognor were happy to make. El-Abd will be assisted by long-term coach Darin Killpartrick.
Pearce said “Sami will be player-manager and he will be assisted by Gary Charman and, of course, the rest of the coaching team led by Darin Killpartrick.
@rocks1883 JP: "Sami had better offers elsewhere but he fancies trying management and we are delighted to hand him that opportunity."
— Bognor Regis News (@bognormedia) June 28, 2017
“The people we have spoken to about the vacancy, apart from one, did not have experience of being a No1 at the level we will be playing at, and one of the strengths of our club in recent seasons has been the team spirit, and we felt an appointment from within was the right way to go.
“This move helps Sami’s development in football and puts a popular figure in charge of the team. We will assist him as a club in every way possible,” he told the Bognor Observer.