Eastbourne Borough have appointed Jamie Howell as the new manager at Priory Lane for the new season.
The club received a substantial number of applicants, covering a wide spectrum of football - local, national and international. The club reviewed all expressions of interest and using a selection criteria interviewed a shortlist of three individuals who met these conditions. All interviewees challenged the club’s selection panel - providing excellent insight and opinions on how to drive the club forward - and EBFC would like to place on record their thanks for all who applied and confirm that the appointment from the short list was a decision made all the harder by the interviewees individual performances on the day.
However, on reviewing the process, the decision to appoint Jamie was unanimous. He has been known to the club for several years - as his record and reputation at Bognor Regis Town has continued to grow and impress. 'The Rocks' performances on the pitch - and in the rare occasions Boro have met his sides - have been excellent with a well deserved reputation for attractive, attacking football - all produced with a range of generally local players.
Sports Chairman John Bonar said, “We are delighted to welcome Jamie to Priory Lane. His appointment was unanimous amongst the panel - and he was almost universally recommended to the club from a wide range of contacts as the process unfolded - including ex-players, ex-management, and others associated with the club and from the wider football world beyond.”
Jamie commented, “I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to manage at Eastbourne Borough. The club has been left with an excellent platform for me to work with and I cannot wait to start the process to bring success to Priory Lane. My role will encompass the 1st XI and overseeing the Academy structure as I want us to be known for playing attractive and winning football with a nucleus of players coming through our Academy.
"Having spent 20 years at Bognor Regis Town as a player and a manager I felt it was time for another chapter in my career and I am very grateful to Bognor and wish them well in the future."