Eastleigh lost 2-0 at Solihull Moors in their final away game of a turbulent season.
Richard Hill's side ensured that they would stay in the division with a win against Bromley on Monday. This afternoon it was the hosts' turn to stave off relegation as Solihull Moors netted two first off goals to see off the Spitfires.
Eastleigh chairman Stewart Donald has said that he will be guided by director of football Richard Hill with regard to next season's management set-up at the Silverlake Stadium.
“The vibe I’ve got from him is that he’d like a go at it, but we have got three candidates that Richard’s happy with, one especially who he thinks can do a very good job," said Donald.
“In reality I think Richard would like a year at it – and he probably deserves that.
“If he decides to do it, I’ve got confidence that, with the right structure around him, we could be successful.
“He has a history of spending my money very well.”
Eastleigh chairman will be "guided" by Hill over manager appointment
EASTLEIGH chairman Stewart Donald says he will be guided by director of football Richard Hill about the management set-up for next season. With National League survival finally secured, the Spitfires hierarchy are in discussions about the best direction to take for 2017/18.
Goals from Scott Wilson and Sam Matthews sealed a 2-1 home win for the Spitfires against an in-form Bromley side.
Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Michael Green, Sam Togwell, Paul Reid, Adam Dugdale, Sam Matthews (Ayo Obileye, 90) Ben Strevens, Scott Wilson (James Constable, 64), Craig McAllister, Hakeem Odoffin. Subs (not used): Matt Tubbs, Ross Stearn, Nick Hall.
Referee: Samuel Allison.
As it happened:
.@EastleighFC 2-1 Bromley https://t.co/2WShwxxUAY#Spitfires
— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 17, 2017 Relief all round as Eastleigh are safe at last!
Eastleigh 2 Bromley 1. THE relief was palpable around the Silverlake Stadium this afternoon as Eastleigh assured themselves of mathematical survival in the National League. It was mission accomplished for director of football/caretaker manager Richard Hill as goals by Scott Wilson and Sam Matthews clinched a 2-1 win over in-form Bromley to haul the Spitfires over the line with two matches remaining.
Quotes from Richard Hill regarding goalkeeper Ryan Clarke's Eastleigh exit:
“Ryan was disappointed I left him out and I fully understand that. I don’t expect players to be happy when they’re left out of the team.
“It would be unprofessional of me to make all the details public but, from my point of view, I want players who have been left out to show me they want to get back into the team – and that starts on the training ground.
“I’m just the custodian of Eastleigh, trying to do what is best for the club, and I only want players who are going to work their balls off to get into the side.
“If that makes me unpopular so be it. I love this club and I will continue to do the best I can for Eastleigh FC in the short-term, middle-term and long-term.
"I only want players who want to play for Eastleigh, players who, if they’re not in the team, are prepared to train well and fight for the position.
“Ryan’s a good goalkeeper and so is Stacky (Graham Stack).
Quotes from manager Richard Hill and goalkeeper Graham Stack after Eastleigh were unlucky in a narrow defeat against Lincoln City.
“I can’t fault the lads today. For long periods we were the better team.
“It’s in games like that that you have to take your chances, but I was pleased with the performance from start to finish. It was much improved from last week - it needed to be.
“How Lincoln play, they do it very well, but we didn’t deserve to lose.
“The build-up to the goal was disappointing. There was a foul on Craig McAllister not given and ten seconds later a very similar foul’s been given on one of their players. Instead of us putting the ball in their box, they’ve put it into ours and it was the only time in the game that we didn’t defend well.”
“We created good chances and were really unlucky.
"From an individual perspective, I was disappointed with how I played last week, but today’s performance was exactly what we needed. The only thing missi…
Eastleigh were unlucky in defeat to league leaders Lincoln City at the Silverlake Stadium.
Sean Raggett scored the only goal of the game for the visitors with a 77th minute header.
Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Michael Green, Sam Togwell, Paul Reid, Adam Dugdale, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Matthews (Matt Tubbs, 72), Ben Close (James Constable, 84), Scott Wilson (Ayo Obileye, 72), Craig McAllister, Hakeem Odoffin. Subs (not used): Chinua Cole, James Constable, Ben Strevens.
Richard Hill looks ahead to Eastleigh's game against top of the table side Lincoln City. Hill said: “It’s a tough game for us, but the lads have trained well and we’ve spoken about needing to get a bit of pride back after a disappointing performance last week.
“We’ve got a few tired bodies and niggly injuries and Saturday might come too soon for one or two. But it’s April – you’re meant to have sore bodies.”
Eastleigh boss Hill: "I'll defend the players to the hilt"MUCH as Richard Hill knew yesterday's 4-0 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge fell short of expectations, the Eastleigh boss has cut his players a bit of slack. While he was first to admit the performance was "nowhere near good enough", he would not let it overshadow the hard work and key results that had gone before it.