Fletcher takes over as Ferring boss

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GARY Fletcher spoke of his delight after he was appointed Ferring Football Club’s new manager last week.

Ferring were runners-up in both County League Division 3 and the Division 3 Cup last season as they missed out on promotion owing to ground grading issues.

However, Fletcher, who watched a few of Ferring’s games last year, was attracted to the job because of the style of football they play.

He said: “Deane Culver (Ferring chairman) asked if I would come up for an interview, where I was interviewed by a few of the senior players and committee members. Now I find myself here, so I obviously said something right.

“I was really impressed with how the side got the ball down and played last year, rather than smashing it long up field.”

Fletcher comes to the club with a wealth of footballing knowledge, having being involved in the coaching side of the game since he was 25.

He has coached at youth level with Highdown Saints and was in charge of the Rustington Reserve team last season.

Fletcher believes his side can take the disappointment of being denied promotion as a positive and added: “Obviously, all the lads were upset about what happened last year. But we have now got work underway on improving our ground and we do not want to be in that situation again.

“Hopefully, all the lads from last year will stay on and we can have a really good season and prove that we are a Division 2 side.”

Culver said: “Gary’s enthusiasm shone through from the outset and this is exactly what the club needed to move forward, with recent disappointments.”

Pre-season training starts at the club at 3pm on Sunday. Players old and new are welcome.