White steps down as U’s boss

Caretaker manager Nigel Kane (left) and outgoing Hastings United boss Terry White (right) look on during last night's defeat to Tooting & Mitcham United. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Caretaker manager Nigel Kane (left) and outgoing Hastings United boss Terry White (right) look on during last night's defeat to Tooting & Mitcham United. Picture courtesy Joe Knight

Terry White has resigned as Hastings United manager, according to the football club’s website.

As reported by www.hastingsunitedfc.co.uk, White tendered his resignation from his role at The Pilot Field following yesterday (Monday) evening’s 3-0 reverse against Tooting & Mitcham United.

United’s second home defeat in the space of little more than 48 hours left them languishing in 16th in Ryman Football League Division One South, already 15 points behind unbeaten leaders Burgess Hill Town, and with pre-season title aspirations looking sadly forlorn.

After succeeding John Maggs in the managerial hotseat in January 2014, White led the U’s to a fifth place finish last term before an extra-time defeat at Folkestone Invicta ended their season in the play-off semi-finals.

An experienced squad of players was then assembled over the summer, a group widely expected to mount a serious promotion challenge from the outset, but even though an inconsistent start was followed by a six-match unbeaten run, last night’s loss and abject performance signalled the end of White’s tenure.

Nigel Kane, who managed United to play-off glory back in the 2006/07 campaign, and was recently installed as White’s assistant, will take caretaker charge for Saturday’s FA Cup second round qualifying tie away to Grays Athletic while the club assesses its options going forward. Anyone wishing to apply for the position is invited to contact chairman Dave Walters at the club as soon as possible.