Hastings United boss: The hardest conversation I’ve had as manager

Elphick let the reliable right-back go despite playing a key role in United’s 2021-22 Isthmian South East title triumph.

He revealed it was because he had two other members of his squad – Tom Chalmers and Kane Penn – who could play at right-back and other positions and he struggled to watch his career carefully. global budget. Goldsmith made the decision in good grace, saying on Twitter, “Just want to thank @hastingsufc for all the support over the past two seasons. This club will be missed. Looking for a new club and a challenge this season.

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Marcus Goldsmith is leaving Hastings United but Gary Elphick says it was a tough call to make/Picture: Scott White

His departure – which follows that of Kenny Pogue and Dave Martin from last season’s team – comes as Elphick reveals the majority of the title-winning roster had pledged to stay at Pilot Field for the new challenge of the first isthmic division.

Skipper Jack Dixon is the one the club has confirmed has put pen to paper, but news of the others is imminent – with one or possibly two new signings expected to be revealed in the next week, including one exciting striker who had a spell at Ipswich Town.

Elphick said: “With Marcus it was a really tough decision – it was the toughest conversation I’ve had in my time as manager.

“I really like Marcus and he has done a great job in the team. I am disgusted to have to let him go and he can consider himself unlucky. I am sure he will continue to do well at another club.

“As for signing Jack Dixon, he’s really important to us. When I got the manager’s job he rallied the lads. He’s part of the furniture at the club – a local lad who represents everything the club represented.”

Elphick said he was delighted the players he wanted to stay were happy to do so. Pre-season training begins on July 2 with the first friendly at East Grinstead on July 16.

On Wednesday, July 6 (7 p.m.), Elphick, Dixon and coaches Andrew Brown and Ben Cornelius will take part in a fan forum at Hastings United Sports & Social Club, hosted by the Hastings United Independent Supporters Club. Read more on the forum at sussexworld.co.uk

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