Essex Senior League: Hackney Wick and Chris Davis part company by mutual consent

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 August 2017

Action from Hackney Wick's FA Cup match at home to Long Melford (pic: Hackney Wick FC).

Action from Hackney Wick's FA Cup match at home to Long Melford (pic: Hackney Wick FC).


Crawley Town under-23 assistant Tolga Dervish has been appointed the new head coach of the Old Spotted Dog club

It was all change for Hackney Wick at the weekend, as the Essex Senior League club announced a change of management.

Chris Davis and the Old Spotted Dog outfit parted ways by mutual consent on Sunday with Tolga Dervish replacing him.

Davis was previously manager of London Bari, who merged with Hackney Wick during the summer, but has left after just four matches in charge of the new team.

Wick won their opening game of the season away to Burnham Ramblers on July 29 and claimed a 1-1 draw at home to Tower Hamlets (August 1).

Davis has overseen two defeats since – 1-0 in the FA Cup against Long Melford (August 5) and 4-1 in the league at Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday – but his exit is still a surprise.

A statement by the Essex Senior League team read: “Hackney Wick Football Club and first team manager, Chris Davis have part company by mutual consent.

“The club want to thank him for his total commitment and professionalism over the past few years and his service deserves recognition.

“He has been remarkable in his post, often taking up numerous roles single handily and kept the team competitive with limited resources.

“However, the club is going through a lot of changes and seek to go into a new direction and sadly that means a fresh impetus on the playing and coaching team. On behalf of everyone at Hackney Wick we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

A couple of hours after Davis’ departure, the Old Spotted Dog outfit confirmed Crawley Town under-23 assistant Dervish would be taking over.

“The club would like to announce Tolga Dervish as the new head coach of Hackney Wick FC,” read a statement. “Tolga is assistant manager at Crawley U23 and was part of their first team staff last year. We wish him all the best in his role with The Wickers.”

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