Whitehawk FC are delighted to confirm the appointment of Jimmy Dack as First Team Manager.
Jimmy was brought to the club by previous manager Andy Woodman as Assistant Manager in February 2017. Jimmy began his football career as a trainee at Brentford and played as a Midfielder. After his release, he spent his career in non-league football, featuring for clubs such as Aldershot Town, Sutton United (29 appearances), Farnborough (41 appearances) and Crawley Town (93 appearances and 16 goals). He retired in 2003 and became a coach at Carshalton Athletic. Following spells with Stevenage, Sutton United, Welling United and Woking, Jimmy joined up with Justin Edinburgh to become his assistant manager at then-Conference side Newport County. During his spell at Newport, they won promotion to the Football League after a 2-0 win over Wrexham in the Playoff Final at Wembley, ending a 25 year absence from the Football League and they finished in a respectable 14th position in their first season back.
He was initially appointed Caretaker Manager at Newport County in February 2015 after Justin Edinburgh left to join Gillingham, but three weeks later he was confirmed as Manager until the end of the season. He led The Exiles to a 9th place finish, before deciding to leave them at the end of the season. Shortly after Jimmy became Assistant Manager to Mark Yates at Crawley Town, before leaving in April 2016.
After his appointment, Jimmy said “I would like to thank John, Chris, Ned and Ted (Whitehawk FC owners) and Nigel Thornton (Chairman) for the opportunity to manage Whitehawk. I see huge potential to grow the club, expand the academy and also to bring the club into the community. From speaking to the owners, they have a massive desire to take the club forwards into a new stadium and to also build more links within our community.”
When asked about players, Jimmy responded “We’re looking to bring more locally based players to the club, players that want to be at the club for footballing reasons. We will also try as a club to work towards a more sustainable future.”
When asked about the clubs fanbase, he replied “I arrived at the club in February and whilst it was a bumpy ride until the end of the season, the support we received from the fans at every home and away game was fantastic and no matter the result, they were always behind the team and I cannot thank them enough for getting behind the team – Come On You Hawks!!”
Further information regarding playing staff for the 2017/2018 season is expected to be made in the coming weeks.