Whitehawk announced last night that they have appointed Ross Standen as their new manager to replace Jude Macdonald with immediate effect.

Standen had played over 400 times for the Hawks as a goalkeeper during his playing career, before becoming assistant manager to Darren Freeman as they rose from the county leagues to the National League South.

He then went on to work as Lewes as assistant manager to Freeman, before taking temporary charge with Tony Coade at the Rooks.

He left Lewes in March and was appointed as Dom Di Paola's assistant at Horsham in May.

Standen's new management team will be made up of former Hawks players Stuart Tuck and Tony Coade.

It does mean that Macdonald has left the Hawks after over two years in charge of the first team.

He took to his Twitter last night with the following message:

Whitehawk chairman Andy Schofield, thanked Macdonald for all he had done at the club.

He said:“Jude has worked hard to play a style of football that he strongly believed in and has overseen the development of young players like Lucas Rodrigues and Luke Emberson, who were our players of the season last year.

"The club stood by him when we were relegated from the Isthmian Premier League and we were in a decent position when last season ended early.

"Sadly, things have not gone to plan this year, which has been a surprise for everyone, and we felt it was time for a change.”