Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West club Easington Sports have announced the appointment of Darren Beckett as first-team manager for the 2017/18 season.
Beckett has played for a number of years in the Hellenic Premier Division for Brackley Town and more recently Ardley United and so has been a very successful player at this level of semi-professional football.
He was initially brought in to add some much-needed quality to the first-team squad this season. However, after taking on further coaching responsibilities during the course of the season, and then eventually becoming an assistant to Phil Lines, the club are really pleased that he has decided to step up again to take on the main role.
The club have no doubt that Beckett will prove to be a very successful manager at this level next season and the committee believe this is a terrific appointment as the club looks to progress further in the future.
Meanwhile, the club have promoted Lewis Travers to assist Beckett.
Travers also brings a wealth of experience to the management team, having played Southern League football for Woodford United and Banbury United as well as Hellenic football for a whole host of clubs locally.
Travers has been keen to develop his coaching responsibilities and next season will provide an excellent opportunity for him to do this, whilst also making decisions alongside the management team.
Finally, Lines has also been appointed general manager of the adult section and will oversee the running of first and reserve teams to ensure they work effectively together to support each other.
Ali Whitrow is all set to remain physio whilst Pete Woodland will be involved in a scouting capacity and will work with the goalkeepers in the early stages of the season.