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News - March 2011

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25th March, 3.00pm

Caretaker manager Jay Saunders recruited his first new addition to the Maidstone United squad on Thursday evening when he secured the signature of 21 year old striker Adam Burchell from Conference South side Dartford.

Burchell joins The Stones on loan for the remainder of the season as the club make a last desperate effort to retain their Isthmian League Premier Division status.

In other developments, defender Tom Parkinson will remain at Division One South side Burgess Hill Town for the remainder of the campaign, whilst forward Tommy Whitnell, who was released last week, has signed for Croydon Athletic.

18th March, 1.35pm

Maidstone United's new caretaker player/manager Jay Saunders has announced the name of his assistant for the remainder of this season. Former Oxford United, Grimsby Town, Gillingham, Hartlepool United and Dover Athletic midfielder Alan Pouton has been appointed to The Stones back room team. Pouton was a creative and popular midfielder in his playing days and he briefly played for Maidstone at the beginning of last season before moving onto Sutton United.

Saunders commented "Pouts was on the phone to me as soon as he knew I was in charge at Maidstone and he made it very clear to me that he really wanted to be a part of my management team. Alan will help me with putting on sessions at training and in pre-match build up, as well as from the dug out during games. He's a lively character and I'm hoping that he will bring a smile back to the dressing room as I think that that is one area where we need to improve things off the field a little."

Saunders has also confirmed a few squad alterations as well. Central defenders Reis Boyle and Cedric Abraham have been told that they don't figure in the new manager's plans for the remainder of the season, whilst striker Tommy Whitnell who despite being offered the opportunity to remain with the club has declined Saunders' offer to stay and is believed to be on the verge of signing for another Kent side in the Isthmian League.

Finally, Danny Hockton has accepted the opportunity to move on loan for the remainder of the season to Conference South side Thurrock. Following Tuesday's defeat against Croydon Athletic, Danny made the club aware that he felt that his future lay away from Maidstone United. The striker had previously been informed that he would not be part of the club's playing plans for next season and this news had given him the opportunity to arrange a new club for the remainder of this and next season already. Everybody at Maidstone United wishes Danny and his family the very best for the future and would like to thank him for his efforts with Maidstone United over the last 15 months with the club.

17th March, 2.35pm

As has been widely expected, the Board of Directors at Maidstone United have today entrusted the first team managerial reins to current captain Jay Saunders.

Saunders will undertake a caretaker manager role for the remaining nine games of the season.

This will be Saunders' first managerial role and it is expected that he will bring in a new face from outside of the club to assist in the dugout on match days.

With only 14 days remaining until player movement and registration closes for the season it is unlikely that many, if any, new players will be signed.

Saunders stated "I'm very keen to get into management and I have a very strong knowledge of clubs and players at this level of football. I am approaching the challenge we face at Maidstone with a positive attitude."

16th March, 9.45pm

STATEMENT FROM ANDY FORD

"I would like to thanks the players, directors and supporters for their support since I have been at the club but I felt that due to the results that it was the honourable thing to resign.

"Being a football manager is all about results and the table does not lie.

"I would also like to thank the backroom staff for the hard work they have put in behind the scenes.

"I hope that the club’s quest to return to the town is successful, whereupon the club will have a better chance of moving forward."

16th March, 4.45pm

Immediately following Tuesday evening’s 1-0 home league defeat against Croydon Athletic, manager Andy Ford tendered his resignation to Chief Executive Bill Williams.

The club has accepted the management team’s resignation and this means that Steve Butler, who was Andy Ford’s assistant, will also be leaving.

First team captain Jay Saunders has been approached to consider taking on a caretaker’s manager role in the interim and the Board of Directors will hold a meeting with Jay on Thursday to discuss the role, the commitment and the strategy required for the rest of the season.

15th March, 11.30pm

Following tonight's one-nil defeat to follow Ryman Premier Division strugglers Croydon Athletic, Stones manager Andy Ford has resigned.

The club's board of directors have accepted Ford's resignation and will hold an emergency board meeting tomorrow morning to discuss interim arrangements.

Announcements will be made on Twitter and this website when available.

11th March, 12.45pm

Andy Ford has signed two new players to bolster the squad for the run in to the end of the season.

24 year old right winger Ellis Green will add significant pace to the side after he put pen to paper on Thursday evening. Green was part of the exciting Beckenham Town team coached by Gavin Rose that pushed The Stones all the way to the Kent League title in 2005/2006. He has also experienced playing in Conference South with Welling United.

Returning to Maidstone United for a second spell is local lad Dan Stubbs. Dynamic midfielder Stubbs joins from Margate who he signed for after playing in Iceland last summer for KA Akureyri. Dan has also played for Gravesend & Northfleet. Both players will hopefully play some part in this weekend's local Derby away to Tonbridge Angels.

4th March, 9.45pm

The Stones stole a march on several league rivals this evening by securing the signature of Tonbridge Angels striker Jay May who was surprisingly released this week by the Longmead club.

The 26 year old forward who had started in each of The Angels' last 16 games, is based in Dartford and has played previously for Dartford, Ramsgate and Tonbridge.

He will be a significant addition to the the team as he brings with him a strong and physical approach to a side much lacking in this particular dynamic. May is expected to feature in Saturday's home Ryman League fixture vs Lowestoft Town.

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