Jamie Howell has been appointed as the new manager of Eastbourne Borough just two days after leading Bognor to Ryman premier division play-off success.

Howell takes over from Hugo Langton who had been in caretaker charge since Tommy Widdrington's surprise departure in April.

The 40-year-old was the unanimous choice of the Eastbourne Borough board having guided Bognor back to the National League south playing an attractive style of football.

Borough chairman John Bonar said “We are delighted to welcome Jamie to Priory Lane.

"His appointment was unanimous amongst the panel - and he was almost universally recommended to the club from a wide range of contacts as the process unfolded - including ex-players, ex-management, and others associated with the club and from the wider football world beyond.”

Howell had been in charge at Bognor for seven years having previously two seasons in the Burgess Hill hot-seat.

Despite guiding the Rocks into the same division as Eastbourne Borough next season courtesy of their 2-1 play-off final win over Dulwich Hamlet the former Albion midfielder believes it was time for a change.

Howell said: "I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to manage at Eastbourne Borough.

"The club has been left with an excellent platform for me to work with and I cannot wait to start the process to bring success to Priory Lane.

"My role will encompass the 1st XI and overseeing the academy structure as I want us to be known for playing attractive and winning football with a nucleus of players coming thorough our academy."

"Having spent 20 years at Bognor Regis Town as a player and a manager I felt it was time for another chapter in my career and I am very grateful to Bognor and wish them well in the future."