Hayden Bird appointed new manager at Leatherhead
Twenty four hours after Leatherhead boss Luke Tuffs resigned from his role, the Tanners have announced his replacement- former Merstham and Kingstonian boss Hayden Bird.
Hayden left the K’s in June, having been in charge since the summer of 2019, and delivered a number of famous cup runs for the K’s, although his side didn’t manage to trouble the Play Off Places. He was a Play Off Finalist with Merstham, however, reaching the showpiece in 2018-19, where his side were defeated by Tonbridge Angels. He then departed Moatside for the K’s, and took the vast majority of his side with him.
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CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT – 7/10/22
The club are pleased to announce the appointment of Hayden Bird as the manager of Leatherhead Football Club with immediate effect.
Hayden brings vast experience to the role having had successful periods at Merstham where he won promotion to the Isthmian Premier Division, reached four consecutive Surrey Senior Cup Finals (winning two) reached the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup, playing Oxford United on BT Sports and reached the Isthmian Premier Division Play-off Final. More recently Hayden managed Kingstonian, who he joined in 2019. In his time there, Kingstonian reached the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Cup, beating League 2 Club Macclesfield Town 4-0 in the previous round, enjoyed two excellent cup runs in the FA Trophy beating National League opposition and reached the Surrey Senior Cup Final in May.
In both these recent roles Hayden became renowned for the style of play which was not just winning football but provided great entertainment for the fans.
Mick Sullivan our Chairman said of Haydens appointment. Hayden brings a proven track record of experience and an attractive style of football with him to the Grove.
Hayden on being appointed said “I’m absolutely delighted to join Leatherhead and have the opportunity to manage a club with such enormous potential. Having met the Board on Thursday, both the vision and the ambition of the Club is very clear. I look forward to be working closely with everyone to realise the aspirations of the Club and, more importantly, the Leatherhead faithful.
We have organised a Meet the Manager Evening for Weds 12th October at 7:45pm the clubhouse. I look forward to meeting everyone and answering any questions the supporters may have. I cannot wait to get started and would simply ask everyone to show the tremendous support you are renowned for at the Grove in getting behind the team. We have plenty of hard work ahead of us and the supporters will be crucial to the team achieving our targets.”
I am sure all members of the Leatherhead family wish Hayden every success in his new role.