Didcot Town appoint Francis Vines as new manager

Francis Vines
Vines led Crawley Town to the Conference National in 2004

Didcot Town have named ex-Crawley boss Francis Vines as their new manager.

The 49-year-old succeeds Ady Williams, who resigned from the club last month after they were relegated from the Zamaretto League Premier Division.

Vines has also had spells at non-league clubs Carshalton Athletic, Basingstoke Town and Farnborough Town.

He told the club website:external-link "Didcot has great potential and I'm looking forward to achieving success during what I regard is an exciting project."

Vines continued: "We play Oxford United at home in a pre-season friendly on 9 July and we need to prepare properly for that.

"So I'm hoping to see most of the players back and starting training later this month."

Vines' previous managerial achievements include winning promotion to the Conference National with Crawley in 2004 and leading Basingstoke to the second round of the FA Cup in 2006.

Didcot chairman John Bailey added: "We're a club that seeks stability at the top and hopefully Francis will provide that as we look to bounce back from the disappointment of relegation.

"He has an excellent track record and has achieved success at our level and above, and we hope that Didcot will be the next club to benefit from his talents."

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