Collins Comes A Cropper As Hawks Get Claws Into King

Havant & Waterlooville have already found their new manager after parting company with Jamie Collins this afternoon.

Steve King takes over the Westleigh Park hours after it was confirmed a change had been made.

"Havant & Waterlooville can confirm the appointment of Steve King as first team manager," the club announced tonight. "A very well known successful manager at this level of football, King has a vast amount of experience to bring to the Hawks.

"Previously with Gloucester City in the National League North last season, King will be known more to fans at Westleigh Park for bringing sides such as Dartford and Farnborough with success. King’s Dartford side defeated the Hawks in the play-off semi-final during the Covid season in July 2020:.

Former defender Collins took over from Paul Doswell last summer but it has been a very slow start to the new National League South season.

Wednesday’s defeat at home to Eastbourne Borough was the Hawks’ sixth already and they have taken just four points from a possible 24.

Chairman, Derek Pope said: “After a difficult start to the season, where results are evident, it has been decided to part ways with Jamie.

“He has been an integral part of this club for many years, playing in the successful FA Cup run in 2008 and then returning to club a few years ago, first as a player, then Coach and eventually Manager.

“Despite the difficult situation the club have found themselves in, I have to agree with many supporters that Jamie will remain a much loved member of our club for many years.”

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