Managing the Rocks is a two-man job

Darin Killpartrick and Jamie Howell have become joint managers of the Rocks after deciding they could complement each other best as a two-man team.

Howell joined the club as Killpartrick's number two last summer but over the months has found himself taking an equal role in the running of the team.

And with Killpartrick admitting the duo were forever 'fighting fires' to keep the team ticking over, he said he was more than happy for Howell to be regarded as his equal rather than his assistant.

Certainly, managing the Rocks is enough for two people. The pair have had to contend with patchy form, players coming and going, fixtures being called off and rearranged and an increasing number of injuries and suspensions.

Killpartrick said he'd be lost without Howell.

"It's 50/50. Jamie is joint manager. We knew each other well before he came back to join me and we work well together.

"We both know what I am best at and what he is best at, and I think it's for the good of the team and the club that we work as joint managers."

Howell agreed, saying: "It's the way it's evolved.

"Dabba's first love is the coaching and theres' no-one better in the area.

"That leaves me to deal with players, logistics, admin. And when it comes to looking at the squad and picking the team, we very much work in tandem."

The past week has shown just how much the Rocks management have on their plate.

A 1-0 home defeat to Boreham Wood left them entrecnehd in the Ryman

premier bottom three before their trip to Aveley was called off for the third time on Monday and then a fourth time on Wednesday.

It's now been put off until Monday, April 12, but the bosses are tiring of having to get players available for awkward midweek trips only to then tell them games are off.

The Rocks aim for a better home result on Saturday when Cray visit, then go to Horsham next Tuesday.

Howell said: "What we need to do is put a couple of wins together. This would be the ideal time, it may give us a bit of breathing space."

Killpartrick added: "They'll be difficult games but we will be going out to win both."