Croydon FC has appointed Aaron Smith as the club’s new manager, following the shock resignation late on Tuesday of John Fowler.
The club directors hope that Smith’s role as a director of his own football academy will further boost a young first-team squad that drew heavily upon youth players last season. The club also wants to build from the strength of its second string players who won the Leonard Vase in May.
Croydon chairman Dickson Gill appointed Smith, a former Trams midfielder, within 12 hours of Fowler’s departure.
Fowler is going on to manage Whyteleafe FC, who were disappointed not to bounce back to the Isthmian League last season, finishing sixth in the Kent League.
“We wish John every success at Whyteleafe after two good years here at the Arena,” Gill said.
Croydon finished 14th and 16th in the Combined Counties Premier League in the last two seasons respectively, an improvement on the club’s previous very poor form that had only narrowly avoided relegation to a division that now hosts AFC Croydon Athletic.
Fowler had urged the club to transfer to the Kent League which he perceived as offering less competition and a better prospect for promotion to the Isthmian. Croydon FC’s board, however, chose to stay in the bigger Surrey, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire-based division.
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