New Felixstowe boss waited for right job
NEW Felixstowe and Walton United manager Glen Driver revealed today that he had been waiting for the right job to come along.He took over from Steve Potts last weekend and says that the Dellwood Avenue-based club fits the bill for himself and head coach Tony Kinsella.
NEW Felixstowe and Walton United manager Glen Driver revealed today that he had been waiting for the right job to come along.
He took over from Steve Potts last weekend and says that the Dellwood Avenue-based club fits the bill for himself and head coach Tony Kinsella.
“We have waited a long while before committing ourselves to the right club,” said striker Driver, who still expects to be involved on the pitch, mainly being used as a substitute. Felixstowe fits the bill with teams from under-7 to under-16 and a youth, reserve and first team.
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“Having been involved for a couple of matches I can see some plusses, but perhaps not as many as I would have liked.”
Driver says that his aim is in three years to have as many local boys in the first team as possible.
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His side faces a tough Ridgeons League Premier Division trip to free-scoring Wivenhoe tomorrow with former Leiston boss Driver expecting to lose a number of his current squad.
“We have had a couple of seven-day approaches in already,” said Driver. “It would not surprise me if we lost one or two.
“Along with head coach Tony Kinsella we had a meeting with the players last night, and I took the opportunity to look at the youth team on Wednesday. If we lose some there are others we can bring in with Tony and myself having contacts in the area.
“In three years I want as many local boys in the team as possible.”
Kinsella's media commitments at Portman Road mean that he will miss tomorrow's match, and nine other Felixstowe Saturday games, but he and Driver have been looking to work together for some while.
“I played under Tony and he is second to none as a coach,” added Driver, who played briefly for Grundisburgh, Stowmarket Town and Ipswich United since he left the Leiston hotseat.
Driver is an admirer of the way Bury Town and Woodbridge Town have concentrated on bringing through their own young players - and will use them as an example for what he wants to do at Dellwood Avenue.
Michael Pulford has been taken onboard and he has connections with Colne College in Essex.
“There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future,” said Driver.
From tomorrow Felixstowe reserves with start their home fixtures at 2pm owing to difficulties over the use of floodlights. The club have a meeting with the local council next month when it is hoped progress can be made.
Team of the moment - the year - Leiston are at home to Haverhill, while Needham, who have signed 19-year-old former Norwich City trainee midfielder Patrick Bexfield, are in action against Dereham.