Ritchie jumps to the head of Hawks’ manager search

Stuart Ritchie is a step closer to become the Hawks new boss
Stuart Ritchie is a step closer to become the Hawks new boss
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Stuart Ritchie has emerged as the strong favourite for the Hawks managerial vacancy.

Ritchie has tendered his resignation at AFC Totton to pursue his applications for the managerial vacancies at both Westleigh Park and Dorchester Town.

But it is understood that AFC Totton are yet to accept his resignation.

Hawks vice-chairman Jim Fallon announced the new management team will be named after their final game against Staines Town tomorrow.

Ritchie played 48 games for the Hawks in the late 1990s.

He took over as AFC Totton manager in 2004 and, along with assistant Sean New, has overseen their rise from the Wessex League to the Southern League premier division.

Ritchie also guided the club to an FA Vase final at Wembley in 2007.

This season, AFC Totton reached the FA Cup second round for the first time and their game against Bristol Rovers was featured live on ITV.

Ritchie’s resignation comes before Totton face a crunch final game of the season in their bid to reach the play-offs.