Former Charlton defender Steve Brown in line for Ebbsfleet job
PUBLISHED: 17:02 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:20 28 May 2013
Former Dover Athletic assistant manager Steve Brown is expected to become the new Ebbsfleet United boss when KEH Sports Ltd complete their takeover of the club before the end of the month.
He played for Charlton Athletic when Peter Varney, the chief executive of the prospective new owners, held the same role at the south-east London club.
Brown was appointed assistant manager in 2011 after Nicky Forster became manager but left the club last week.
Mr Varney said the club parted company with their longest-serving manager Liam Daish because the company want to bring in their own people.
He said: “We want to bring in our own people to move the club forward. It’s a serious situation (at the club), we talked it all through and decided between us that it was in the best interest if Liam did something else and we moved on.
“He was professional and conducted himself well. It’s nice when you can have an honest discussion and it doesn’t happen often in football.”
Central defender Brown made 283 appearances for Charlton between 1990 and 2002 before moving to Reading, where he ended his playing career.
Fleet supporters on Twitter seemed to be supportive of the appointed.
@mattwarnerr said: “Never managed a first team in his career so a bit of a gamble but Mr Varney knows him well so got to trust him!”
@TheGNFCfan added: “If Mr Varney trusts him then I trust him as #eufc manager, Steve Brown was a great defender in his time like Liam Daish.”
Despite the fact that the takeover has still not gone through officially, KEH Sports Ltd have provided their first funding into Ebbsfleet by paying outstanding wages for players and staff from April while meeting May’s payroll.
Current owners My Football Club agreed to sell the club to the subsidiary of Kuwaiti European Holdings on May 13, and the company aims to have completed due diligence by the end of the month.