The SUMMER overhaul at the Rocks has begun before the season has had its final kicks.
Club legend Darin Killpartrick has confirmed his departure from Nyewood Lane after 18 years’ service as a player, manager and coach.
Known affectionately as Dabba, the man who has personified the club as much as anyone in the past two decades, is set for an emotional send-off tomorrow when the Rocks endure their National League swansong against promotion hungry Dartford.
Rocks manager Jack Pearce has paid tribute to his fellow Rocks’ stalwart, describing Killpartrick as a club hero who would be greatly missed and very difficult to replace.
Killpartrick, side by side with Jamie Howell for eight years, was instrumental in the Rocks’ run of success and heartbreak which finally saw them promoted last year after so many near misses. He will remain in his roles as head of the football academy at Chichester College and also coach for the England Colleges FA u-18 team.
Pearce’s position has also come under question from some fans throughout the season of struggle with more calls for the long-standing servant to stand down after Saturday’s defeat while the playing squad is set to also undergo a significant overhaul.