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Telford and Billericay part company with their managers

AFC Telford United and Billericay Town part company with managers following a worrying start to their campaigns in separate divisions.

National League North outfit AFC Telford United currently sit 20th place, picking up just four points from their opening six games.

And for, Billericay Town in the National League South, they place right at the bottom, and have picked up a dismal one point from six games played.


AFC Telford United have this morning parted company by mutual consent with first team manager Gavin Cowan.

We would like to thank Gavin for all his hard work at AFC Telford United for five years, both as first team coach and then first team manager. Gavin always gave everything to the role, both on and off the field and has a fantastic work ethic and professionalism. In particular we have fond memories of Gavin’s first season as manager, when we missed the play offs by the narrowest possible margin and reached the FA Trophy semi final.

We remain good friends with Gavin and he is always welcome at the Bucks Head, but we believe this change is in the best interests of AFC Telford United at this time and with much still to play for this season.

Could we ask all supporters please to continue to get behind the first team and the club for the upcoming games.

AFC Telford United in the National League North invite applications for the vacant position of First Team Manager.

– Football manager experience at this or a similar level.
– To manage, organise and deliver a competitive first team squad with players demonstrating energy, passion and a winning mentality.
– Highly motivated to take the club forward.
– A proven leader with excellent leadership skills and an understanding of how to foster good teamwork and discipline.
– Good communication and motivation skills.
– Excellent contacts in the football sector.
– Keep expenditure to the agreed playing budget.
– This post is a part time position.
– Salary dependent on experience.

Please send applications by email with an attached CV to the Chairman at : Andy.Pryce@afctu.co.uk

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The Closing Date for applications is Friday 8th October 2021 at 17.00


Billericay Town FC have parted company with men’s first team manager Kevin Watson, and his assistant Mark Hughes, with immediate effect.

We appointed Kevin and Mark at a difficult time due to the Covid restrictions and they also inherited a team that were already struggling in the league. It was therefore right to allow them to build their own squad and have the time to settle a team in to their own style of play. However, football is a results business and neither the points won nor the performances on the pitch have been acceptable to date. Ultimately, the board are accountable for ensuring that we maintain our ‘hard earned’ National League status and that we are all proud of first team performances.

No one sets out to lose football matches and we appreciate the effort that Kevin and Mark have put into the club since their arrival. They are both ‘good guys’ and we wish them well for the future.

Danny Brown will prepare the team this week and work with team captain Lawrie Wilson to ensure that we are ready to take on Dulwich on Saturday.

The board recognise that we need to move quickly to identify a replacement management team and that we have important home games coming up in the next few weeks. However, we also need to ensure that we find the right individuals to lead this club up the league and ensure that aspects such as recruitment are improved. We already have a shortlist and will also see if any new candidates now emerge. Regardless, this will not be a ‘long winded’ process and we hope to make a further announcement in time for the next home game.

We thank you for your continued support and patience.

Fans gave their reaction as Telford and Billericay part company with their managers, see what was said below…


@BoulterRichard: Thank you to Gavin and team for all their hard work, some of the comments made have been ludicrous and fail to even register that it is an actual person they are talking about. Good luck to him in the future and thanks for the efforts.

@Darren_J96: Correct decision. Appreciate what Gav has brought but definitely time for a change

@afcbally: As glad as i am with Cowan going, he did bring me one of my fav ever away days the Trophy game at Solihull

@NeilFromNorge: Outclassed by Darlo.

@Mozzasoft: I’m not shocked one bit… Fans were clearly unhappy when the mighty @StamfordAFC1896 did them 2 – 1 at home…

@kieranwwfc_: Don’t think i’ve ever been so happy

@ashy2305: As an @Official_Darlo fan, this doesn’t surprise me. The Telford team looked very poor, very different from the last 2 seasons. Saw McHale was missing and he’s one of the best players I’ve seen in this league

@Ross6Kennedy: About time!!!!

@deanohaden: The first 3/4 of that first season were brilliant but it ended poorly and we’ve never recovered that form. This season has been awful for performances and results despite a talented squad so something had to be done. Thanks for your efforts Gavin.

@mvclayton: It had to come, he’s had more than a fair chance and we’re certainly no better off than when he took over. The right decision.

@JomathanTurner: The right thing to do

@DesCompton: Correct decision. Thanks for your hard work and efforts but time to move on. Up the Bucks!


@sampford88: All the best to them, unfortunately football is a results business and the stats didn’t lie. Praying that we can get someone who has managed at this level and will ensure we see more wins.

@BenMapp02: Shame it didn’t work out. All the best to Kevin and Mark in the future

@richmann29: Thanks for the effort, correct decision. If the last call for the manager was tough this one is tougher and 100x more important considering our league position. Need a manager who can attract players. Got everything there as a club, just need a decent 1st team now!

@jamesdodd1993: Go and get Neil Smith. Would do wonders for you. Cannot believe he’s still out of a job!

@Colutdmark: Put Glen Driver in charge. He can put together a very good management team and can also attract quality players

@howe147: Good luck kevin in yr nexr manager position and also to mark good luck

@JohnL_chat: A shame but inevitable given the way things have panned out.

@mattsau18594631: Put Glen Driver @drivers39 in charge. Top manager who has a great record of taking teams from bottom to promotion fighting in a very short period of time. He would be the right man for the job.

@JohnMapp28: The only way forward – unfortunately for Kevin and Mark – as neither the overall quality or depth of the squad is right at this moment. Results don’t lie and we need to re-establish ourselves in this league asap. Onwards and hopefully upwards COYB

@liverisevil: Return of Tamplin


@charlietheo: Best of luck Kevin, a really nice, passionate, hard working bloke and it’s a shame it didn’t work out here

@barker69james: @drivers39 the man for this job track record of improving and progressing clubs is there for all to see get this man back managing where he belongs I say

@GOONER1964: Inevitable, 1 point bottom of the league, never looked like he had the players, playing for him.

@malofkent: Sad to see he was a good guy @EUFCofficial too but ultimately the decision last year to move @kevwatson74 on last year has proven correct given events and results since. Best of luck whenever he ends up next .

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