A very warm welcome this evening to the new first team manager of Welling Town, Darren Manning.

Darren, and assistant James Wakeling, join us having recently ended a four year spell at Hullbridge Sports in Essex where they masterminded their rise from the bottom of the Essex Senior League (Step 5) in late 2017 to the league title within 18 months at the end of the last full season 2018/19. Prior to that Darren had been assistant manager at Grays Athletic.

Since then they have been managing them in the Isthmian Division One North (Step 4), the highest level Hullbridge have ever played at.

As well as on field success, they have experienced and assisted with the growth of the club on and off the field and with our clubs brief history compared to most, both of these points were of equal importance to us all as we look to continue our growth and upwards movement.

Darren and James will be joined by player/coach Kwabs Osei and assistant coach Ryan Madder.

It’s good to have you onboard gentlemen.