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Former Gillingham manager Steve Lovell takes over at Ramsgate

Former Gillingham manager Steve Lovell is back in football as the new manager of Isthmian South East Ramsgate.

Lovell has agreed to take charge until the end of the season following the departure of Matt Longhurst yesterday.

Steve Lovell took the reins of Ramsgate Photo: KPI

The Welshman started the season at Welling before returning to Priestfield in January as caretaker manager following the departure of Steve Evans.

He will train for the first time tomorrow night and will be in the dugout on Saturday when the Rams host play-off rivals Haywards Heath at Southwood.

The Rams sit last in the play-offs but have lost their last four games.

“I am delighted and excited to be asked to coach Ramsgate FC for the remainder of the season,” Lovell said.

“James Lawson (Chairman) works very hard to make Ramsgate a force on the football pitch and in the local community.

“I’m looking forward to the remaining four games and the prospect of the play-offs.”

Lawson announced Longhurst’s departure in a statement on Sunday, following a 4-1 loss at Cray Valley, with the club accepting a resignation he had tried to withdraw earlier in the week.

There was immediately great interest in the job, with Lovell getting the job.

“The quality of the applications we have received over the past 24 hours is a testament to the hard work that so many have put into growing this community club,” Lawson said.

“Steve would be an outstanding candidate for positions with league clubs and we are delighted that our efforts have attracted him to the club.

“We have some huge games on the horizon and I can’t wait to introduce Steve to the team.”