Dean Greygoose has revealed his determination to guide Mildenhall Town out of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
The 50-year-old initially arrived at Recreation Way on an interim basis last November following the departure of Christian Appleford, before he was handed the manager’s job on a full-time basis in March.
And ahead of his first full season in charge, the Norwich City academy coach believes that Mildenhall are now not far away from being genuine promotion contenders.
“Yes [the club does have ambitions of getting promoted], otherwise I wouldn’t be there,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen overnight. There is still some work to be done.
“I’m ambitious and that’s the reason why I’ve given up the chance to do full-time work at academies. I want to manage and at the highest level. The only way you can do that is by getting promoted.”
Like most managers, Greygoose has been busy trying to improve his squad.
Jacob Brown (Diss Town) and Luke Parkinson (Newmarket Town) have already agreed deals, while Greygoose has also confirmed that former Bury midfielder Callum Kearns is training with the club as he looks to regain full fitness.
As far as further additions are concerned, the former Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper has insisted that he will only be considering players that he perceives to possess the right attitude.
“There are a lot of so called experienced players floating around in this league on silly money and they aren’t worth it. I’m not going to spend money on these players when they are not as good as an 18 or 19-year-old,” he added.
“There are a lot of players that float from league to league and they are decent enough players, but they don’t have that desire and that’s what we are looking for.”
Mildenhall begin their pre-season friendly programme with a trip to Hardwick tomorrow (10.30am), before hosting Bury Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) in what will be Ben Chenery’s first chance to get a look at his new signings.
n Lakenheath have announced that their Suffolk Senior Cup-winning manager Kevin Sobiechowski has stepped down because of work commitments.
The 35-year-old guided Lakenheath to their first-ever Senior Cup title as well as finishing runners-up in the Kershaw Premier last season.
“I’m really disappointed to leave now, after three years of hard work to get the club where it is,” he said. “We went from having no reserve team and only six players turning up for our first pre-season training session to winning the Suffolk Senior Cup 7-0.
The former Mildenhall Town and Newmarket Town winger returned from holiday to find his work hours had been changed, resulting in his availability on Saturday afternoons being severely reduced.