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Billericay sack manager and immediately replace him with ex-EFL player

Billericay Town sack their manager Jody Brown and immediately replace him with an ex-EFL player as the club hope to avoid the drop.

The decision comes hours after they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Chelmsford City, leaving them bottom of the National League South standings, one point behind Welling United with four games remaining.

This is the second time they’ve got rid of a manager this season, with Jody Brown brought in at the start of October as he replaced Kevin Watson at the helm. During his 30-game tenure, Brown picked up 30 points before his exit.

The club said: “With regret, we have to announce that we have parted company with our manager Jody Brown, with immediate effect.

“Danny Brown will take the reins for the rest of the season. We will be fighting to the end to maintain our place in the National South.”

Speaking after the defeat at Chelmsford, Brown said: If we show that fight [we did against Chelmsford] and togetherness on a better surface and show calmness I think we will get points – we can’t control the points anyone else gets – but I do think that we will get points from our last four games.

“There is nothing wrong with our morale. Our group, credit to them, minds our very much on the task, very much doing the job for the club, doing the job for one another.

“The morale is fine, if we work hard like that and fight to the death like that I do believe, on a better surface, with that fight and that character we will be able to overcome the odds and stay up.”

Essex Live Sport also understands that the majority of Brown’s backroom staff have left the club with Billericay expecting to release a full statement later today.


Jamie O’Hara – 16 Sep, 2019 until 07 Dec, 2020
Harry Wheeler – 18 Jan, 2019 until 16 Sep, 2019
Dean Brennan – 18 Sep, 2018 until 18 Jan, 2019
Harry Wheeler – 06 Apr, 2018 until 18 Sep, 2018
Glenn Tamplin – 2017 and 2018 (sacked and rehired himself)

Danny Brown is a former footballer who came through the youth ranks at Watford, and spent two years at Leyton Orient where he made only one first team appearance in a Football League Trophy match at Peterborough United on 8 December 1998. He scored 16 times from 19 youth games in 1998–99.

He joined Barnet for a fee worth around £40,000 in 1999 where he played 97 games in all competitions, scoring eight goals. In 2003, he suffered a groin injury which required an operation in October 2002, but in December a scan revealed a muscle tear and a further delay in his comeback. In February 2003, he sustained a fracture of the metatarsal during a training session and was out of action for a further month, playing just 12 games in the 2002–03 season.

In May 2003, he turned down an offer from Bee’s new boss Martin Allen of a three-month contract to prove his fitness and had his sights on finding a Football League club. He moved to Third Division Oxford United in July 2003.

In two seasons with Oxford, Brown suffered further injuries and managed just 18 appearances in a spell to forget quite frankly. At the end of his contract he joined Conference side Crawley Town on a free transfer in August 2005. Crawley manager John Hollins made him captain for the 2006–07 season, but after 37 outings for Crawley he was got rid of following financial difficulties at the club. Cambridge United manager Jimmy Quinn swooped to sign him in November 2006 and he became a mainstay in their midfield.

In November 2008, Brown transferred to Conference National side Eastbourne Borough on a loan lasting until the 1st of January. That month, after much interest by other big clubs, Brown signed a contract at Eastbourne lasting until the end of the season. In the absence of captain Paul Armstrong, he was made the club captain. In April 2009, Brown was enjoying his time at Eastbourne stating he made the right choice and was in talks to extend his part-time contract for another year. In May 2009, he had signed a two-year deal at Priory Lane. before then departing Priory Lane in January 2011 to join Harlow Town after a loan spell there.

Danny Brown retired from playing in 2015and went into coaching, acting as interim manager at Billericay Town after the departure of manager Kevin Watson.

Brown was again appointed as Interim Manager of Billericay Town on the 19th of April 2022 with the club sitting bottom of the league, one point from safety, with just four matches remaining. Big task on his hands.


Youth career

Senior career
1998–1999 – Leyton Orient
1999–2003 – Barnet – 93 games (8 goals)
2003–2005 – Oxford United – 16 games (0 goals)
2005–2006 – Crawley Town – 37 games (1 goal)
2006–2009 – Cambridge United – 47 games (2 goals)
2008 → Eastbourne Borough (loan) – 5 games (0 goals)
2009–2011 – Eastbourne Borough – 60 games (1 goal)
2010 → Harlow Town (loan)
2011-2014 – Harlow Town

Meanwhile, Chelmsford midfielder Dara Dada, is allegedly the subject of racial language from a section of the Billericay fans.

In a statement, Billericay Town wrote: “The club are aware of allegations of racial abuse during yesterday’s match with Chelmsford City FC. Abuse, of any kind, will not be tolerated and we will be fully cooperating with the FA to investigate this matter.”

Billericay Town’s Supporters Society said on Twitter: “We are saddened to hear of an allegation of a racist comment made during the Chelmsford City game yesterday [Easter Monday].

“The BTSS totally condemns any form of racist behaviour in the strongest possible terms. We will assist @BTFC and the relevant authorities with any investigations as required. If a member of our Society is proven to have made a racist comment they will also be subject to the disciplinary procedures detailed in our constitution.”

Clarets manager Robbie Simpson said: “I thought the abuse that Dara Dada received from behind the goal was absolutely disgusting and there is no place for it.

“The ref has reported it, they have spoken to Dara, they have spoken to our physio, who heard it also. I hope that something is carried through with that. Obviously, it will be hard to know who said it, and hard to pick them out. But we need to speak about it because there is no place for it at all in society, let alone on a football pitch.”

Twitter users had their say as Billericay sack their manager Jody Brown and immediately replace him with an ex-EFL player Danny Brown…

@DarranPearce: I wonder what Tamplin is doing now could always get him back!

@7twest7: They had to raise the price of the beer to get us to go outside and watch the dreadful football…. Bit too late ….The guy the should have chose just won the league with Aveley @danscopes6

@derek_collyer: It’s about time,possibly too late. interviews were embarrassing and it was never our fault. didn’t seem to impart any passion into his talks and judging by results he didn’t inspire the players. The three games we won recently were while or just after he was off with leg break

@ClaretsXtra: Not sure on this. I think it is quite apparent #BTFC we’re in a false position, had some tricky recent fixtures. Im pretty sure he would have got them out of it. Welling to go down for me. #Clarets

@Lee83Con: Don’t no how he got the job in the first place 🙄

@JohnL_chat: Too late but there you go. Alan Dowson is available and proven at Isthmian and NL levels. I’d try for him. Whoever it is please make sure they are experienced at the level we are competing at and the levels we anticipate taking players from.

@BenOConnell13: I remember when all the retards over Dagenham were adamant this man had to get the job after Taylor’s departure. All because he spoke to supporters and was passionate 😂😂

@bluepilgrim3: Suggest the owners contract out the recruitment process to someone who knows what they are doing

@markalanbaker22: Understandably took 2/3 months to get going after having to clear out a woeful team. Ultimately still bottom & going into the final games in terrible form. I’m glad a decision has been made, right or wrong. Off the pitch the gazette article absolutely killed JB, was piss poor.

@sbgedwards: AT LAST. Should have happened 12 games ago

@rockerfellerstr: I wish Dan Brown the best of luck over the next few games. Now we have a chance.

@MickyBTFC62: Sadly, the gamble to keep JB on as manager for some time now, has somewhat backfired. On a positive note, there are five games with 15pts to play for. I’m sure that Danny Brown will inject some belief & pull the players closely together for the very short run in ahead COYB 🔵💪🙏

@ButtonaBike: Just told the mrs this news. She doesn’t watch our games. Her reaction “Bit late now” 🙊

@NMorris2553: We have to try something and Jody was clearly not getting the best out of the players we have. No one sets out to do a poor job but the club is bigger than one person. I wish Jody well in the future.

@Symes88: The right decision, now come Danny keep us up fella it’s there for the taking.

@rowjoelane: Excellent news. Just a shame he was given so long.

@basildonben: Should have happened weeks ago

@Lee83Con: Get @smallsy_1 in next season he has done a remarkable job at @Bowerspitseafc & is a clubman. Would work wonders over there with his management team.

@Footymad2020: You could not make this shit up really!

@NCritic: 🤡 of a manager, thinks he should be managing in the prem when he is a Thurlow nunn manager at best. Club done the right thing.

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