Kempston Rovers sack manager James Hall

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James Hall, manager of Kempston Rovers from June-Sept 2023
James Hall (centre) with two of Kempston Rovers' many new signings Image: Kempston Rovers / Twitter

Kempston Rovers have announced they have parted company with manager, James Hall after just eight games.

The Walnuts have picked up just one point from five league games, were knocked out of the FA Cup by Biggleswade, as well as losing out in the FA Trophy to Leighton Town and the board have decided enough is enough.

A brief statement from Kempston Rovers was published on Tuesday afternoon.

“Kempston Rovers can announce the departure of James Hall as first team manager.

“James took over at the Walnuts in pre-season, being in charge for 8 competitive games.

“All at KRFC would like to thank James and his team for his efforts in his short tenure at the club, and wish them well for the future.”

The brutal world of non-league football management

Kempston Rovers’ expectations may be tempered by a smaller budget than a lot of other teams in Southern League Central Division One, but as Bedford Town learnt last season, even a month of poor results can begin to have a damaging effect.

The Rovers board are obviously keen to see an immediate upward trend in results and it is often the manager who falls on their sword first.

Rovers have conceded 16 goals already this term, and Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Cirencester was the last straw.

It’s certainly been a different start to the one Kempston’s fans enjoyed last season, when Chris Nunn saw Rovers towards the top six in the division before being nabbed by Rushden and Diamonds.

Since then however, there’s been a familiar feel of struggle around Hillgrounds, with just a solitary point against Barton Rovers to show for a difficult start to the league campaign as only Hadley sit below Rovers in the table in 18th.

Richard Keil has taken temporary charge of Rovers as the hunt for a new manager begins in earnest.