Former "Rocks" boss back at Bognor Town F.C.

Jamie Howell is back at Bognor after manager Jack Pearce brought the former Rocks boss back in to the fold as part of the club's backroom staff

Howell has left his role at fellow Isthmian premier division outfit Kingstonian to re-join the club he managed before leaving five years ago to join Eastbourne Borough.

Now Howell -- who still coaches Bognor U18s -- brings his knowledge and expertise to the Nyewood Lane first team set-up where he will work with long-serving Pearce and No.2 Robbie Blake.

He arrives as the club prepare to take on Corinthian-Casuals at home tomorrow nigh tafter two disappointing defeats on the road at Bishop's Stortford and Wingate & Finchley on Saturday.

Pearce said: "We welcome Jamie back. We know all about Jamie's qualities and we look forward to what will be a positive contribution as part of our backroom set-up. He brings invaluable experience and great enthusiasm and, of course, knows all about the values at our club. We would like to thank Kingstonian for being so understanding in this matter."

Speaking of the switch to the Rocks from the Ks, Howell said: “I am delighted to confirm that I will be returning to the club to help and assist the current management team and continue to work with our current youth sides in providing a stronger pathway to the first team set up.

“I hope to be to able contribute to the club’s future success and believe it’s a very exciting time to be back at the club.”

Addressing his departure from his current club, he added: "I would like to confirm that I have left Kingstonian FC this evening to take up a role at Bognor Regis Town FC. The decision was a difficult one for me as everyone at the club has made me feel exceptionally welcome and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players and the staff at the club.

"I would like to thank Hayden (Bird) for bringing me to the club, Kevin (D'Arcy), the directors, all the management staff and all the fans for making my time at Kingstonian so enjoyable and I am convinced that the club will gain the promotion they deserve, with Hayden in charge, and the current squad in place I am sure this will be very soon. Good luck for the rest of the season and thank you."

Howell joined Bognor as a player in 1997, and went on to make more than 400 appearances before joining Burgess Hill Town. He was appointed as player-manager of the Hillians shortly after his arrival. He was then made assistant to Darin Killpartrick back at the Rocks in 2009 and was handed the role of manager in 2010.

Howell – with Killpartrick as his assistant – guided Bognor to promotion to the National League South in 2017 before taking the job at Eastbourne Borough where he stayed until his departure in 2019.

Carl Eldridge

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