Kieron Hammatt takes charge at Haverhill Rovers

Kieron Hammatt will take over as coach of Haverhill Rovers from Ali Shulver until the end of the season as he looks to land the role full time after the campaign.

The 34 year old had been acting as assistant to interim manager Ali Shulver after being one of the original applicants to take over the post of first team manager vacated by Peter Betts at the beginning of November.

Hammatt, from West Row, has been given the opportunity to prove himself in the hotseat before the Rovers committee decide at the end of the season who the new manager will be.

He originally worked at the community department at Colchester United for seven years, before moving to Crewe and working with Nantwich Town for four seasons in step three football.

Hammatt coached Staffordshire outfit Eccleshall to their highest placed finish of seventh before moving back to East Anglia for work with partner Vanessa Edwards, 35, in August 2012.

He helped out at Stanway Rovers, who his brother played for and who he will face at the New Croft in his first competitive game on Saturday (February 16, 3pm kick off), and then helped coach Mark Scott at Thetford Town.

“I’m over the moon – Haverhill is a fantastic club with a really good set up and passionate committee members who want to do things properly, who are trying to drive the club forward and achieve sustainable growth,” he said.

“I love my football, and once I got here I saw the lads bonded really well. I know there’s not a lot of money about, but from talking to the lads I’ve seen that’s not their main driver – they want to play football and they want to play for Haverhill, and for me I want to stay on and prove myself as the man for this job.”

For the full interview with Hammatt and all the latest news and sport see Thursday’s (February 14) Echo.