Joe Keith is new Tilbury manager

Joe Keith

FORMER player Joe Keith is to return to Tilbury FC as the Dockers’ new manager.

Keith joins the club from Canvey Island where he has been assisting manager Danny Heale having previously spent five successive years at East Thurrock United as first team coach.

During his playing career Joe played professionally for clubs including Colchester United, Leyton Orient and Brentford. He dropped into non-league football in 2007 with AFC Hornchurch, before going on to play for East Thurrock where he would later become a coach under manager John Coventry. Joe also had two successful years with Tilbury at Chadfields as player coach, winning the league cup.

Joe’s first appointment is in place, with current Under 23’s manager and current caretaker Manager John Sussex named as his assistant.

Tilbury Chairman Danny Nash said: “It has been a tough week after receiving a high number of applicants, but Joe was the best appointment for the club at this time and I am excited he has agreed to join us. I am confident that Joe and John will bring some good times back to the club.

Keith said: “I am excited to rejoin the Dockers after two great years at the club as a player. I am ready to get my teeth into the job.”

He will meet his new squad for the first time on Tuesday night, when Tilbury welcome Harlow Town to Chadfields in the Essex Senior Cup, before having a break in action for two weeks.