Tommy Widdrington: Eastbourne Borough manager leaves after five years in charge

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington has previously managed Salisbury City and Hemel Hempstead Town.

Eastbourne Borough are looking for only their fifth manager in 34 years after Tommy Widdrington left the club by mutual consent on Friday.

Widdrington, 45, had been at the helm of the National League South side since February 2012.

Assistant manager Hugo Langton will take charge for the remaining five games of the season.

"In many ways, Tommy's been the perfect manager and we wish him well," chairman John Bonar told BBC Sport.

Bonar added the club had not yet considered a replacement but expected the vacant role to be attractive.

"We have got a good reputation of backing the manager - we won't rush anything," he said.

The dugout at Eastbourne's Priory Lane ground is one of the safest seats in English football, with an average managerial tenure of eight and a half years since they became a senior club in 1983.

Pete Cherry was with the club for the first 14 years, when they played in the Sussex County League as Langney Sports, while Garry Wilson led them to the top tier of non-League football during his 13 years in charge.

Less than a year after relegation from the National League, Wilson was sacked with former Southampton midfielder Widdrington later named as his successor.

The club are currently 11th in the National League South table, 20 points clear of relegation and 18 adrift of the play-off places.

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