Fleet And Daish Part Ways
Liam Daish and Ebbsfleet United have parted company by “mutual consent” today (May 17th) as the takeover of the club by a Kuwaiti consortium is given the green light.
Daish was Fleet’s longest serving manager, having been in charge at Stonebridge Road since 2005, and delivered an FA Trophy win in 2008. He also came close on a number of occasions to getting Ebbsfleet out of the Conference National, and oversaw the transition to a full time playing squad. The club’s, and his own, profile in non league and beyond was raised after the takeover by website MyFootballClub in 2007. That deal, though, has since seen a huge dip in member numbers, prompting the existing membership to vote overwhelmingly in favour of the takeover.
The new owners, KEH Sports Limited (KSL), will start life in Conference South following relegation this season, but from the fans’ point of view, the financial position of the club is now secured. KSL have negotiated a deal to repay ten pence in the pound to all football creditors, meaning that the club are now debt free. The full details can be found on the club’s website.
The decision for Daish, who had a stand named after him at the ground, to step down was taken at a meeting between himself and the new owners, with the former Coventry defender stating that now is the right time for a change.
It makes sense really. Whenever a takeover goes through, the chances are that the manager is an early casualty as the new regime looks to stamp it’s own ideas onto the club. Daish won’t be out of work for long, and I would expect him to be in a new job by the start of the season, and probably at a Conference Premier club.