Mark Holloway has taken over the managerial reins at Harlow Town on a permanent basis until the end of the season after being promoted from assistant boss.

The Hawks have been seeking a new manager since Danny Chapman stepped fown earlier this month and they have chosen to continue with Holloway after he stepped into the manager’s role.

Announcing the appointment, a club statement read: “Mark has extensive experience at this level having previously taken control of an AFC Hornchurch side that secured promotion into the Isthmian Premier League, so management experience at this level is in no short supply.

“Mark is delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue the work that Danny had started this season and has promised his full focus in the weeks and months ahead.

“Having worked alongside Danny for the last 18 months, Mark has a very good knowledge of the current squad and this has formed a big part of the decision that has been taken at this time.”

Holloway will be assisted by David Collis, the pair having previously worked together at Hornchurch where the former Charlton Athletic and Barnet defender was player-coach.

The new management team moved swiftly to put their mark on the squad, with Collis’ nephew, midfielder Charlie Collis, joining from Needham Market, defender Ellis Ashworth signing on a dual registration from Royston Town, while midfielder Serge Erkarslan has returned to the club after a spell at Haringey Borough.