MATT Plumb has been announced as the new manager of Eynesbury Rovers for next season.

Plumb 37, is a well-known and respected figure on the local football scene, and will be assisted by Ian Dawkes and Mick McCreanor as he attempts to rebuild the team that

MATT Plumb has been announced as the new manager of Eynesbury Rovers for next season.

Plumb 37, is a well-known and respected figure on the local football scene, and will be assisted by Ian Dawkes and Mick McCreanor as he attempts to rebuild the team that finished ninth in the UCL First Division last year.

Al Lenihan and Pat O'Keefe, who were in charge of the club, left in April to move to Huntingdon Town, and Plumb said he anticipated wholesale changes at Eynesbury.

"I expect that up to 90 percent of the players from last season will follow them to Huntingdon, so I will need to get new players in," he said.

"My idea is to get local lads playing for the local club. I want to build a side of the best young players around."

Plumb also outlined his goals for the coming season, explaining that his side will have to be pragmatic to break what he sees as a cycle of underachievement for Rovers.

"This club should be in the Premier Division, and we've been out of it for too long, so our goal has to be promotion.

"We have to be honest with ourselves - we must play football suitable for the division. That means we must be physical and be able to handle ourselves. Every player has to be as fit as a fiddle for this division.

"A lot will depend on pre-season, and who we can get in, but the signs so far have been good - we've had a lot of players interested in joining the club," he added.

Plumb has had a long association with Great Paxton FC and played at Eynesbury Rovers for two seasons, where he made 37 appearances and scored five times. After a short spell at St Neots Town he returned to Great Paxton where he was appointed player/manager for the 2000-01 season, and held the position for seven years.

Dawkes played for Eynesbury under the management of Peter Schofield and went on to play for Eaton Socon and Great Paxton before returning to play for Eynesbury for two seasons in 2006.

INFORMATION: Pre-season training will start at Hall Road on Tuesday June 30. All potential senior and U18 players are welcome to meet at 6.45pm with training kit, ready for a prompt start at 7.15pm.

Football starts with the Annual Cary White Memorial Invitation Tournament on Saturday July 25 with the new season in the UCL First Division starting on August 15.