Curtis is back as United manager

Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis

Paul Curtis has returned as Worthing United Football Club manager for the rest of the season, following United’s 8-1 defeat at Ringmer on Tuesday evening.

United are bottom of County League Division 1 with just three points from 20 games and are yet to win in the league this season.

James Baker and Martyn Rea started the campaign as joint managers, before Baker stepped down in November, leaving Rea in sole charge.

Rea will now assist Curtis, who was previously manager at United for four years, until September, 2008. During that time, he guided the club to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Curtis was then in charge at East Preston, before he was assistant manager at Ferring last season. He had been playing at United this season.

He said: “I started the season just as a player to keep fit, but I have strong connections with the club and have got more and more involved.

“Results haven’t been great and there is nothing to lose, really, we have just got to improve. It’s a huge, huge challenge and it’s a cliché but we need to take one game at a time, I’m in a win-win situation.”

United vice-chairman Steve Taylor said: “We’ve appointed Paul as manager for the rest of the season, after the defeat at Ringmer.

“We feel that he will get the best out of the players and we have got three big games coming up, against Chichester, AFC Uckfield and St Francis.

“We’ll be trying to get maximum points from those games and then there’s still a lot of games left this season.”

Carlos Gutierrez scored United’s goal at Ringmer as they trailed 4-1 at half-time.

United’s game at Sidley on Saturday was postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch.