Hughes and Hanlon take over at Hayes & Yeading

Hayes & Yeading United have appointed Paul Hughes and Ritchie Hanlon as joint managers.

The pair have led Kings Langley to three successive promotions, from Spartan South Midlands Division One to the Southern League Premier Division, where they currently sit 16th, four places above United.

Caretaker manager Tristan Lewis will oversee Saturday’s game against Chippenham before the new bosses take full charge for the Middlesex Senior Cup tie at Harrow on 8 November.

Both Hughes and Hanlon have west London connections.

Hammersmith-born Hughes (pictured above), 40, played 26 times for Chelsea, scoring on his debut against Derby in January 1997.

He moved to Southampton in 2000 but never made a first-team appearance, and then spent five years at Luton.

Wembley-born Hanlon, 38, was a youth player with the Blues but made his professional debut with Southend in 1996.

His career included spells at Peterborough, Rushden & Diamonds and Cambridge, before a 10-game spell in 2007 as boss of Conference South side St. Albans City.

Hughes and Hanlon took charge of Kings Langley together in July 2012 but have been persuaded to join Hayes & Yeading.

United chairman Tony O’Driscoll said: “We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of Paul and Ritchie, and look forward to them taking the club forwards as we prepare to return again to our home ground at Beaconsfield Road in the very near future.

“They have an excellent record whilst at Kings Langley and we hope that they can continue this at Hayes & Yeading United.”

Lewis will return to his former role of director of football and overseeing the club’s academy sides.