Darren Blackburn says it is an honor to be part of Hythe’s new management team.

Blackburn made a quick return to football after leaving Sittingbourne by joining Steve Watt’s coaching staff at Reachfields.

Former Sittingbourne boss Darren Blackburn has joined Steve Watt’s management team at Hythe Photo: Ken Medwyn

The chance to work with Watt, who returned to the Cannons’ hot seat last month, appealed to Blackburn.

He is also delighted to join forces with Nathan Elder, with whom he previously worked at Sittingbourne, and Frannie Collin, with another appointment to be announced.

“Watty is a good guy, easy to work with,” Blackburn said. “I’m really lucky to work with a good group of people, like I was at Sittingbourne last year.

“You look at what Watty has done in the game, and what Elds and Frannie have done – it’s an honor to be part of a leadership team like that.

“Watty coached my son, Logan, for the past year at Pro Soccer Academy and I was impressed with him as a person as much as anything else.

“We chatted a lot when I was in Sittingbourne, I even told him to come over there before things went another direction.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him coach in a men’s setup, having seen what he’s done with Logan, and to deepen my knowledge of the game and learn from him.

“It will be really good to be with him, Elds, who I missed very much when he left Sittingbourne, and Frannie, who had a great career.

“There is a lot to look forward to after what was a very sad end for me at Sittingbourne when I was sacked.

“I’m sure we’ll have a few laughs along the way and when you look at the contact we have with each other, if we can’t form a decent side, you might as well give up.

“We all had a great conversation and we’re pretty much of the same opinion that guy personality is just as important as guy ability.

“We tried to follow a certain path with those we brought in.”

Blackburn was the first addition to the management team when Watt took over from James Rogers.

The intention was to appoint Elder as an assistant, but outside commitments will limit the former Brighton and Brentford striker’s involvement.

Collin returned to a player-coach role after finishing that season at Ashford.

“I’ll do whatever Watty wants me to do,” Blackburn said. “No.2, No.3, it doesn’t matter to me.

“Job titles have never been an issue for me, I’m just happy to be here and help out as much as I can. It was a no-brainer to come here.”