Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Football: Hakan quits Grays Athletic

By Chris Jones

AFTER managing Blues for two years, Hakan Hayrettin has decided to seek pastures new, and has agreed to join Conference Premier side Luton Town as Assistant Manager reports Chris Jones

The ex-Thurrock and Waltham Forest manager arrived at the club in May 2011, taking over the reigns from Julian Dicks. He overhauled the squad that summer, and almost gained promotion; his first season in charge ending with a play-off semi final defeat on penalties at Enfield Town.

He made several important signings last summer in key areas of the squad, and it proved a master stroke, as his side clawed back a 15 point deficit to Maldon Town, sealing the title with a 2-0 home win against the former leaders in mid-April.

Blues ended the season in magnificent form, winning 18 consecutive league matches, and finishing on a club record 102 points.

The club’s official website stated:

“Assistant Manager Ryan Kirby, coach Steve Kirby and club captain Lee Flynn have been placed in charge whilst the board consider the situation this leaves us in. There are no plans at this stage to seek an appointment from outside the club.”

Hakan leaves the club having taken charge of 110 competitive matches, in which he won 67, drew 20 and lost 23; his win percentage of 60.91 is better than Mark Stimson.

It’s understood that Hakan starts work with his new club straight away, with coaches Alan Neilson and Dmitri Kharine having left Luton Town earlier today. The Hatters head to Portugal tomorrow on a pre-season camp.

I’ve spoken with Hakan, and he has confirmed an interview over the weekend.


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