Ebbsfleet optimistic of renewing Liam Daish's contract

Liam Daish

Ebbsfleet United have opened talks with manager Liam Daish about extending his contract with the club.

In their first season back in the Blue Square Bet Premier, Fleet exceeded expectations by finishing 14th, 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

And MyFootballClub director Jessica McQueen has already had a couple of "positive meetings" with Daish.

"His commitment is undoubted. He really is what the club is all about," she told BBC Radio Kent.

"He's always got such good common sense."

Should 43-year-old Daish accept a new contract at Stonebridge Road, he will replace Andy Ford as the longest-serving manager in the club's history next season, having first taken charge in 2005 when the club was called Gravesend & Northfleet.

"Watch this space. If he does that, we'll try and mark it in a very special way," she said.

"Liam and I have been the main people that have worked together really hard to keep it going.

"The cuts that he made for us at the beginning of this year, which weren't easy for him to do, showed how frail we were."

Daish admitted the season had been a hard slog.

"It's been tough but it's been enjoyable and I can't envisage it being any other way," he said.

"Unless something drastically changes, it's always going to be tough.

"I'm glad it's over this season. It's been really difficult, especially the last month."

Although his own contract talks are ongoing, Daish has also begun work to tie members of the team to new deals.

"I know he's already had meetings with players, made discussions and letters are going out. We're well on the way to get players secured," McQueen added.

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