Kinnear Resigns Following 3 Years In Charge at Dover Athletic
Chris Kinnear has vacated his role as Manager of Dover Athletic Football Club, stating that he feels he has taken the club as far as he can. Kinnear has enjoyed some great success in his 3 years in the role, successfully leading Dover to promotion from the National League South in his first year in charge, only to follow that up with two top half finishes (8th and 5th) in the Vanarama National League.
Chris went on record to say "I've had a wonderful 3 years at this fantastic football club, but I feel the time is right to move on and let a younger manager with fresh ideas come in to take the helm and help this club reach its full potential that I genuinely believe it has. I regret to say that I don't feel I am the man for the job. I've always said I will do the best by the club and I think that is for me to step down now, and go out on a high. I'd like to thank the fans for all their support and wish the club all the best".
Chris Kinnear was a popular figure with the 'The Whites' fans and the incoming manager will have his work cut out to get them on side.
Chris Ball Arrives At Dover In Style
Chris Ball has been announced as the new manager of Dover Athletic FC, following the departure of Chris Kinnear. Ball, born in Chatham, Kent, is an ex footballer who spent most of his career on the fringes of first team football at the likes of Ipswich, Reading and Colchester.
Having been forced to retire at the age of 26 due to a recurring knee injury, Ball moved into the world of advertising, establishing and growing successful business, Balley Media, which he sold for £5 million after just 4 years. Ball, now 31, has since completed all his professional coaching badges in a bid to start a successful career in football management, for which Dover Athletic will be his first managerial job!
Dover chairman Jim Parmenter said "Chris is a young, intelligent manager with fantastic passion for the game and an incredible drive to succeed. We're confident he is the right choice to take Dover Athletic to new heights in the world of English football".
Ball immediately turned heads today, as he arrived in style at Dover's training ground this morning in a brand new Ferrari Spyder. Ball looked very relaxed, and was seen laughing and joking with his new players (in between taking them for a ride in his new motor). It remains to be seen if Chris Ball is the real deal or not, only time will tell.