Matt Clements is confident he can lead St Neots Town to Southern League Premier Division survival.
The former Godmanchester Rovers boss was appointed last weekend as the club’s seventh manager in the last five years, succeeding Andy Davies, who resigned before Christmas.
Clements formally took charge yester-day (Tuesday) after watching Saints lose
1-0 at Dunstable Town on Monday – an 11th match without victory in all competitions and a fourth in succession without a goal.
They remain two points from safety, but Clements (39) is relishing the task that awaits in his first managerial post at this level.
He said: “I’ve turned down a couple of job offers already this season, but I couldn’t ignore this one.
“It is a massive challenge, but it is by no means mission impossible. I do believe we will survive and I’ll do everything in my power to make that happen.
“We have a lot of games ahead against other teams in the bottom pack and getting results in those is going to be crucial.”
The first of those is this Saturday with Clements looking to start his reign in style when Weymouth provide the opposition at the Premier Plus Stadium, 3pm.
The new boss is keen to add new faces to a squad reduced in size by several recent departures - striker Sam Mulready was the latest man to go.
Clements is also hopeful of bringing in an assistant manager with Lee Clarke, who had been in interim charge, becoming player/coach.
Clements added: “It is all about bringing in the right personnel. We need to add a bit of quality and also boost morale, but I don’t want players whose first question is about money.”
Clements has previously managed Cambs League side Hardwick as well as
Godmanchester, where he spent last season. He was number two at Step 4 side
Histon this term and also holds a full-time role in the youth set-up there.