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 with the FA Trophy

Daish with the FA Trophy

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.


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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