Former Stanway Rovers manager discusses move to ‘ambitious’ Brightlingsea Regent as head coach

Angelo Harrop

Angelo Harrop - Credit: Martine Xerri / Archant

New Brightlingsea Regent head coach Angelo Harrop didn’t take long to decide that a move to the Ryman North club would be a positive one.

The former Stanway Rovers manager, who resigned from his position at The Hawthorns last month, has replaced Dean Well, who has departed the club due to family commitments. Since arriving at the club, working with first-team manager James Webster, the R’s have picked up back-to-back wins in Ryman North, at home to Heybridge Swifts and Wroxham, and sit in the fifth and final play-off place.

“It was such a quick turnaround after I left Stanway, I thought about it for a while, but I wanted to get straight back into the game as I am not a seasoned manager,” said Harrop, who works part-time as a coach at Colne College

“It’s a step in the right direction for me as I’m an ambitious person.

“Brightlingsea are a club that I know very well, having played against them, and James Webster is a good friend of mine, so it was an easy move to make.

“I have played a number of years in the Ryman League, it’s a very tough division, but I like challenging myself.

The R’s are aiming for promotion, having made the step up to the Ryman League, under Webster, for the first time in the club’s history in 2014.

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“The main thing that convinced me to make the move was James’ ambition,” explained Harrop.

“He (Webster) is not happy to stick in this league and there is a good chance for us to step into the next division.

“I never want to be at a club that is happy to plod along.

“If we can get to the end of January still in contention, then we will have a real good chance.”

Harrop will be involved in his first away game with Regent on Saturday when they go to Romford in the league.

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