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Sittingbourne boss Gary Abbott expects to lose his job

Michael Hughes
Hughes recently discussed his desire to start managing at a "lower level"

Sittingbourne manager Gary Abbott says he fully expects to lose his job when the club are taken over by ex-Northern Ireland international Michael Hughes.

Hughes, 39, is trying to buy the cash-strapped Ryman League side and Abbott believes he would take charge.

"I'm sure he'll want to come in and be manager," Abbott told BBC Radio Kent.

"I don't know what's really going on but he wants to be involved and perhaps if he does take over then I'm worried about losing my job."

He added: "I don't want to be out of football but until we come to that hurdle we'll worry about that then.

I've been told that they're 90% sure it'll be taken over but no-one's actually come in with any money yet

Sittingbourne manager Gary Abbott

"My guess is that he's probably going to bring a few boys over from Ireland.

"So it's probably not going to be good news for me and if that's the case I'll be looking for another job."

Despite recent speculation, Abbott says the takeover has not gone through yet, but he expects it to happen soon.

He said: "I've been told that they're 90% sure it'll be taken over but no-one's actually come in with any money yet.

"So we just go on as we are and try and finish as high as we can with the young team we've got."

In January, Sittingbourne told Abbott and the entire squad they could no longer afford to pay them.

The part-time club currently lie 10th in Ryman League South Division One.

Hughes played for Manchester City, Strasbourg, West Ham, Wimbledon, Birmingham, Crystal Palace and Coventry and won 71 caps for his country.

He has had a coaching role at St Neots Town since retiring in 2008.



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