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Lock to take temporary charge

Lock to take temporary charge

Former Worthing player and coach John Lock will take control of the team for the next two matches following Gary Elphick’s resignation.

Elphick quit on the back of Saturday’s 5-0 defeat to Margate, a seventh straight loss in all competitions.

Lock will take charge when the team travels to Dorking Wanderers in the Bostik League Premier Division tomorrow evening as well as for Sunday’s home fixture with Staines Town (at Bognor).

The club hope to use the time to find a permanent replacement for Elphick but will not rush into an appointment.

Managing Director, Calvin Buckland said: “It’s no reflection on Matt Piper or Cameron Morrison (who won’t be involved) but we had a long discussion and decided we needed a fresh start and a fresh voice”.

“John has been in and around the club for years and been in this situation before as a player and coach”.

Lock who played for the club in the late sixties, also becoming Assistant Manager to Barry Lloyd in 2001 remained on the coaching staff when Lloyd left Woodside Road to take over at Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 65-year-old is happy to be able to assist the club he loves: “I got a call from Calvin and I was pleased to be able to help the club anyway I can”.

“If it takes more than two games to find the right man, I’ll stick around to help and then hand the reigns over”. “It’s going to be a difficult job, following Gary and Matt, even for me for these two games. I know the wheels have come off a little bit in the last few games but ultimately they’ve led the club during a very successful time”.

Lock will be assisted by Aarran Racine and Zaki Rahman as he looks to pick up the club’s first points of the season.

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