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Craig Edwards takes over as Kem leaves.

10 months ago By Stephen King

Change of manager in effort to re-energise Ware's season.

Kem Kemal has left as manager after a disappointing period in which a run of 13 games produced only one win (the 3-2 senior cup success at Step 5 London Colney) and saw us ship 33 goals.

Like the high jump competition in athletics the management role in football seems so often to end in a failure that hides previous successes. So it is right to remember that both Kem's two spells as manager saw him pull the side out of some sticky situations.

Arriving half way through 2013/4 he built an exciting and successful side that finished well clear of the relegation that had looked a distinct possibility. The following season saw us finish comfortably in the top half of the table and by the time Kem resigned in 2015/6 we were second in the Southern League Central Division.

By the time he returned 17 months later we were back in a relegation struggle that we looked doomed to lose. Arriving with just five fixtures left he inspired the team to four straight wins and if we had gained the goal or point we deserved in the final game we wouldn't have needed the reprieve that ultimately maintained our place in Step 4.

As a result expectations were high for this season and seemed to be justified when we won five of our opening nine games. However instead of driving on we lost momentum with that 13 game run and it has been deemed time to change.

Taking over is Craig Edwards who managed Billericay for seven seasons but left in the wake of Glenn Tamplin's take over. He joined Kingstonian for the start of this season and famously took his team back to Billericay on the opening day and won 1-0. However he left Kingstonian in October with the team lying seventh in the premier division citing budget cuts as his reason. Hopefully he won't face that problem at Ware.

Craig's immediate job is to stop the bad run and get us winning again. If he wants an objective beyond that can I suggest a top half finish is still within our compass and then ideally the continuation of our twelve-season long local pre-eminence? Placing above Hertford and a home win in the return derby will please the fans no end.

We welcome Craig to Wodson Park and look forward to a happy and successful time for him and the club.

Updated 09:31 - 8 Dec 2017 by Stephen King

Where next?

Tractor Tales - December 5th A series of personal thoughts from the seat of the tractor.
Advent Calendar - December 6th First and most recent games on this date see nine goals for Blues and none against.


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