Joint Manager leaves Canterbury City role

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Canterbury City joint-manager Josh Hall has left the club due to family and work commitments.

The former Sittingbourne coach joined the club back in December to work alongside fellow boss Chris Woollcott, and the two oversaw ten games at the helm of the Salters Lane outfit last season, winning three and losing five.

Hall departs Canterbury having helped secure them an eight-place finish in SCEFL’s Premier Division – an impressive feat considering he joined during one of the most difficult periods in the club’s history.

The 27-year-old says that whilst it was a difficult decision to leave, he admits focussing on personal areas of his life are his top priority.

In an interview with Kent Online Sport he said: “At the moment with everything that’s going on, there’s always other work situations and a lot of things contributing so it’s simply a bit of everything, especially the effects of coronavirus and being furloughed.

“Instead of not being able to give 100%, it’s probably better for me to move away because it will ultimately end up affecting the team.

“I have to focus on what’s most important, and that’s appreciating I’ve got a family and a partner at home that needs to be able to see me, as well as other commitments like teaching.

“So it’s certainly nothing to do with Canterbury – they didn’t want this to happen or force me out, so there’s no ill-feeling at all. It was an extremely hard decision, but thankfully Chris can step straight in.

Hall believes City will be in good hands with Woollcott moving forward, especially at a club he describes as a ‘sleeping giant’ of the game.

“Chris will be absolutely fine in ensuring the team plays the way he wants and achieves his expectations of getting them at least in the top six,”

“So it’s a shame I have to come away it, because for me the club are a sleeping giant and in a really good place to kick on with the new ground – that will put them in a really strong position to attract players and sponsorships even more.”

The full interview can be read at Kent Online Sport here