Beard Is Best For Eastbourne As New Sports' Era Begins

Eastbourne Borough have moved quickly to replace outgoing manager Danny Bloor.

The Sports announced his departure on Tuesday following a takeover by businessman Simon Leslie.

Mark Beard have been installed as the club’s new manager after an agreement was reached with Dorking Wanderers for their coach.

The club are in new hands on and off the pitch and now the attention turns to building a team who can compete in the National League South again.

Beard told the club’s website that he was thankful to his former club and close friend Mark White.
He said: “It has been a whirlwind few days, but I am so excited to be manager of this great club.

“I was blown away by the vision of Simon Leslie and am proud to be part of the future to take the club forward to the next level.

“I’d like to thank Dorking Wanderers founder and manager Marc White for giving me permission to speak to Eastbourne Borough and allowing me to have this opportunity.

“The hard work starts now, and I am looking forward to getting going.

“Over the coming weeks I look forward to meeting the staff and the fans.

“Me and my staff will build an exciting squad who will give everything for the Eastbourne Borough shirt.”

Beard’s is joined and his Assistant Manager Jamie Strong.

New owner Leslie said: “I could not be more excited for Mark Beard to be joining us at Eastbourne Borough as manager.

“I am excited about the lessons Mark learned from his time at Brighton, working with Dan Ashworth and Graham Potter, and his desire to be lifelong learner.

“Mark’s time at Brighton, getting so many players into the first team, made him immensely proud and that to me demonstrated that he put others’ successes ahead of his own.

“That spoke volumes about his character, and I knew instantly he was the right man to lead the project.

“I have big plans to take Eastbourne Borough forward and when I shared my vision for the club with Mark, he instantly got it.

“Mark is passionate about helping his players to learn and grow, the lessons we can all learn from all other areas of the club and the other top coaches who we will be hiring to support him and his players.

“I believe in Mark and the way he will build a team of players who care for each other, believe in each other, and give their very all until the final whistle.”

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