NEW Louth Town manager Daryl Clare has promised to bring a ‘fresh start’ and attacking football to the club as he begins his reign at Park Avenue.
The 33-year-old former Grimsby and Boston striker, twice Conference golden boot winner and Republic of Ireland B international, was unveiled on Monday in what is a real coup for the White Wolves.
Clare takes over from Paul Walden, who retired in May, and is appealing to the town to get behind the players and embrace the fresh sense of positivity around the club.
His last game came for Cambridge United last season, but injury brought his playing career to an end and Clare turned his attentions to a sports science degree and coaching badges.
“It’s a great opportunity for myself and the football club, I’m totally convinced we can move forward and show that this club can walk the walk as it has great potential,” he said.
“I was approached by Lee Freeman (vice chairman) and I took my time to think it over, I know there have been some outside issues, but they have been ironed out.
“It’s time for a fresh start, there is a big squad and I need to see what’s what and which players are good enough, then I’ll look at adding to it.”
And the Jersey-born coach is hoping the experience of playing under the likes of Alan Buckley and Nigel Clough will stand him in good stead.
“I’ve been privileged enough to play under some great managers who have played the right way, it’s called football for a reason,” he added.
Clare hinted at using his wealth of football contacts firstly to bring some big sides to Park Avenue for pre-season to give the fans a taste of the action, and secondly for recruiting new talent on the pitch.
Clare has already secured an emotional return to former club Chester City in pre-season, where he will take to the pitch to play ‘as a one off’.
“I’ve got a real buzz out of getting on the phone to my old managers and team mates, three of whom have promised to bring sides to us in pre-season,” he said.
He also spoke highly of the club’s training facility at Saltfleetby, which he described as of football league standard. And Clare has installed his great friend Carl Forman as his assistant, praising his ‘vast knowledge of local football’ and strong commercial links.
He also called on the club’s fans to back the team.
He said: “The crowds are not going to jump up right away, but I believe by bringing a good calibre of opposition for pre-season we can get off on the right footing. We need their support.”
“There’s also a huge need for financial backing,” he added.
“Louth is a thriving market town and there are football lovers out there with money to invest. I do hope they come forward and see there’s a fresh era for this football club.”