Crisis club Clapton FC have appointed a new Head of Football Operations and a new joint manager.
Former Walthamstow FC boss Qayum Shakoor, who is also Head of Under 23s at Crawley Town and has been dubbed ‘non-league’s Harry Redknapp’, is the new Head of Football Operations.
His colleague at Crawley, Julian Charles, is the new joint manager alongside Wilf Thomas, who is staying on after returning to the club in the summer.
Former Glen Kendall and his backroom staff quit to take the reins at Basildon United but lasted just one game there before being sacked.
Shakoor was in the dugout last Tuesday for the club’s 3-0 ‘home’ defeat vs Takeley, which was switched to the opponent’s ground.
Thomas is the only one of three joint managers appointed this summer, along with Kendall and Halil Hassan, still at the club. Four coaches have also since departed during this period.
Thomas is listed as manager/coach but it’s understood he’s not involved on matchdays, which will presumably fall to Shakoor and Charles..
The club are now based at Southend Manor for the rest of the season, 40 miles from East London, although no home games are scheduled until January.
Thomas, Shakoor, Charles and any other backroom staff who may come in, will therefore have 13 home games out of 17 to move Clapton FC clear of the relegation zone.
The club’s former chief executive Vince McBean has been banned from all football activity – including spectating and performing any admin duties.
It is unclear who is running the club now and therefore who appointed Shakoor.
Neither the club nor the league website have removed his name as the main contact or added any new names.