Matt is an experienced campaigner at this level and knows the league inside out, having previously managed Sussex neighbours East Grinstead Town for 4 successful years, taking them to their highest ever finish and most recently, he transformed a relegation threatened Ramsgate and took them into the play offs in just 2 seasons before resigning last April. Matt joins the club from Isthmian Premier side, Billericay Town where he was the First Team Coach.
Vince Alfieri had this to say on Matt’s appointment. “We are delighted that Matt Longhurst has agreed to become the clubs new first team manager. We used a rigorous selection process and Matt delivered against all the criteria we were looking for. With Matt’s experience at this level and the league above, we know he is the man to improve our current situation on the pitch. He also has an impressive track record of developing youth players and building community spirited projects, so alongside the immediate focus of supporting the team, he will be able to support us transform and build the club into being a true community HUB for the people of Burgess Hill and Mid-Sussex. Matt will be in the dug-out Tuesday for the game against Hythe alongside Gary Mansell who did brilliantly with the group in his interim role. Matt is finalising his backroom staff and will announce that shortly, but for now please all join me in welcoming Matt and wishing him well, starting with the game against Hythe Tuesday evening!”