Quinton knows he has a lot of work ahead as he takes over as Braintree boss – chairman Harding admits appointment is based ‘entirely on merit’

Popular appointment. New Braintree Town boss, Bradley Quinton, when he used to play for Iron.

Popular appointment. New Braintree Town boss, Bradley Quinton, when he used to play for Iron.

Braintree Town have appointed former player Bradley Quinton as their new boss, with another former player Andy Porter his assistant, as both succeed former manager Hakan Hayrettin.

Quinton spent 12 seasons at Cressing Road and his return to the management side of things at Cressing Road is sure to go down well with Iron fans.

He is the club’s record appearance holder with 546 appearances, during which he scored 69 goals and he enjoyed plenty of success on the pitch, including a Ryman League play-off place, a Ryman League championship, a Conference South play-off final and a Conference South championshp.

Porter too is another former Iron, playing almost 200 games for the club between 2003 and 2009.

The pair have spent the last three seasons at Ryman Premier Enfield Town, where they have made tremendous progress with the club.

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At Enfield, Quinton made his managerial bow in a 3-0 win at Hendon in August 2014 and took charge of his final game for the 2-4 defeat at Dulwich Hamlet in the Ryman Premier Division play-off semi-finals last month.

Under his tenure, Enfield achieved league placings of 7th, 6th and 4th, and developed a reputation for playing high-tempo attacking football. On the field, he made 56 competitive appearances, scoring five goals.

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Speaking to the Braintree Town website about the appointment of Quinton, Braintree chairman Lee Harding said: “We’ve had some excellent applicants and I must thank all for their interest in our Club.

“But Brad is someone that has been instrumental in building our Club from the foot of the Ryman League to the top tier of non-League football from 2002 to 2013.

“But while I’m sure we will all welcome a true Iron back to our Club, his appointment is based entirely on merit. Were it not for coming across the same Dulwich side that beat us in the FA Trophy last season in his play-off match, Brad could well have taken his Enfield side into our division. His desire and enthusiasm for our Club is infectious and I sense that this move is something of a home-coming for him.

“But realism dictates that we must not gloss over the challenges that lie ahead of us. The majority of last season’s relegated side have been released and another re-building process will begin afresh.”

Quinton, meanwhile was delighted to be back at Iron: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to a club where I played for most of my career,” he told the Braintree Town website.

“I’m really enjoying management and it feels right to come back to a club where I spent so many enjoyable years. Both Andy Porter and I are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of all of us, but it’s a league I know well, have won as a player, and I’m looking forward to the season. To the supporters, so many of whom have become close friends over the past 15 years, your support and patience will be vital as there’s a long journey ahead of us. I’ll be looking to bring in good quality young players that will be fit, hungry and 100% committed.

“Things won’t always go our way, that’s football, but everyone in the dressing room will be entirely focused on bringing success, so it’s important that everyone gets behind us.”

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