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Mew To Take Temporary Stags Helm

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Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club AFC Totton will be in the hands of a second caretaker-manager for the next two matches.

Andy Darnton, who has steered the ship since Steve Hollick departed three weeks ago, misses tomorrow’s home game against Slimbridge and Tuesday’s trip to Didcot Town due to a pre-arranged half-term break which he had told the club about long before taking temporary charge.

In his absence, former Eastleigh reserves and Romsey Town boss Wayne Mew will step in.

A midweek win for fellow strugglers Bridgwater sent Totton tumbling to the bottom of the table on goal difference and Darnton told the Daily Echo: “It’s unfortunate it (his two-game absence) has come around now and, with the current situation, is far from ideal.

“Wayne will be deputising for the two games I miss and, hopefully by the time I return, the interview process for a new manager will have been started and we will all be in a far more positive position.”

The good news is that Darnton has secured the signing of bright, young midfielder Charlie Gunson.

A former England under-18 schoolboy international, Gunson began the season at Gosport Borough and recently returned to play for his old club Andover Town.

“We’ve been tracking Charlie for some time now and I’m pleased to welcome him on board,” said Darnton.

“He’s the right age at 19, he’s got lots of energy and will give us much-needed quality. I think he’ll be the right fit for us”.

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