Former Southampton midfielder Kevin Gibbens is the new player-manager of Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)….
….Premier Division club Blackfield & Langley.
The 34 year-old played a dozen games for the Saints from 1998-2001 and has been outstanding for Wessex Premier champions Blackfield for the last eighteen months.
He replaces Glenn Burnett, who resigned as manager this week following a disagreement over team selection.
The backroom staff will remain the same.
Assistant-manager Chris Farrell tol the Daily Echo: “I suggested that Kevin be the new manager, he commands the respect of the players and everyone is 100 per cent behind him.
“I think he’ll be an excellent manager. After all the negative press we can now concentrate on football.”
Blackfield had won five successive matches before crashing 5-0 at Folland Sports on Saturday.
Gibbens’ first game as player-manager will be tonight’s game against Whitchurch United at Gang Warily.