Date: Mon 26 Nov 2018

By David Simpson

Joyce Takes Walnut Boys Helm

New Management appointment

Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central club Kempston Rovers have announced that Tony Joyce has agreed to continue as manager for the foreseeable future following last weekend’s announcement of the resignations of Jimmy Stoyles and Gary Flinn.

Joyce has been part of the Kempston coaching staff since 2016, joining after the club’s promotion to the Southern League.

His playing career has seen him representing clubs such as Queens Park Rangers, Aldershot and Woking, before eventually hanging up his boots for a life in the dug-out.

Joyce began his managerial career at Thame United before a spell at Buckingham Town.

He is listed as the second longest-serving manager in Aylesbury United history and led them to promotion from the Spartan South Midlands League in 2013.

He stepped down from the Ducks` hot-seat in 2016 before joining Rovers` backroom team.

Joyce told the club`s website: “The club asked me to help them out in the interim and get them through this week, and I’ve done that. We’ve spoken about the job and I was asked if I wanted to take it on permanently. I had reservations, because of my personal friendship with Gary Flinn. After speaking with all the players, I’ve said yes. If a lot of players had wanted to leave, then I would have stepped away and said someone new needs to come in, but that’s not the case.”

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