EASTLEIGH have awarded Kelvin Davis a three-year contract to remain manager at Silverlake Stadium.

Assistant and former Saints teammate Danny Butterfield will also remain in his position as assistant boss.

The Spitfires finished 13th in the National League after ending an 11-game winless run with six victories in 13 matches under Davis.

They won three successive matches on the road 1-0 before losing the last fixture of the season 3-0 at home to Halifax.

Upon the deal being completed, Chairman Stewart Donald said: "We are delighted Kelvin and Danny have agreed to join us.

Clearly, we have had a period working together and it clear that there is a huge desire from both Kelvin and Danny to bring success to Eastleigh.

"It represents the start of a new era for the club and we very much see this as a long term appointment.

"Kelvin has a clear vision of how we need to progress the football club and deliver long term success.

"I am extremely excited for the future of the club and the supporters will have a massive role to play. It’s crucially important that the we are all in this together during this new project!

Securing Kelvin and Danny for an initial three years shows our confidence in them and their ability to deliver for Eastleigh."

After signing the new deal, Davis said: “It’s really important to understand that the project at Eastleigh FC is a big one and one we’re really excited to get our teeth into.

"Myself and Danny have seen the potential since we’ve come into the club. Every time I’ve been coming to the club, it’s taking steps forward each time that I’m in the environment.

"It’s great that we can be part of the future of the football club and hopefully build something that can progress in the years to come.”

Upon being asked about the importance of Danny Butterfield, Davis added: “Anyone that’s worked with Danny knows his passion for the game, his passion to improve players, and his passion to improve the team is immense.

"He’s a wonderful asset to myself and now to the club. We’ve shown that we work well as a partnership and with Jason Bristow and Vince Bartram. We hope to add one or two members of staff as well which highlights the club’s openness to make steps forward."