WORTHING United Football Club have appointed Dave Shearing and Tobi Hutchinson as joint managers for next season when the club return to County League Division 1.
The pair have been given the task of keeping the newly-promoted side up. And, although they are likely to have to bring in a whole new squad, Shearing is confident they can survive, hinting there may be a few surprises along the way.
With the close-season managerial merry-go-round in full effect, Dominic Di Paola, having led United to promotion from Division 2, quit for rivals East Preston, while Shearing’s appointment comes after he was told his services were not required at Steyning Town.
He will be joined by Hutchinson, who has a vast experience of coaching, including at East Grinstead and Lewes’ youth team, as well as a 25-year playing career in the county.
The pair are both Eastbourne-based, with Shearing having managed Rye, Eastbourne UA, Bexhill and Wealden.
They will be joined by former Worthing FC youth team assistant Jon Roberts as part of the coaching team.
Shearing expressed his delight with his new position and said: “It’s a proper club that really want to do something and I’m really happy with that.
“I will be doing everything I can to keep them in the division and I can’t wait to get started. I am really looking forward to it.
“I really can’t speak highly enough of Tobi. His last job was coaching at Hastings, and he has also done the same at Lewes,
“We want good players, experienced ones, not ones that chase the money, and I am sure we’ll have enough quality to stay in the division.
“We might even surprise a few people. We’re not here to make up the number, that’s for sure.”
Hutchin-son added: “I am really looking forward to it. Me and Dave have worked together in the past, and have known each other a long time.
“We wanted a place where we could manage together and it came to fruition that it would be United.
“It’s not going to be the easiest of jobs. For the second time, a manager has left with all their players, and we’ll be starting again from zero, not to mention in a new league.
“Dave and I between us, though, know a lot of people and we’ll be able to get in a good squad.”
Shearing is also hoping to develop links with Worthing FC manager Chris White.
He said: “Worthing have no reserve team and I have a good relationship with Chris.
“We don’t want to be their reserve side, but if we can both help each other out, then fantastic.”
With a number of experienced applicants rumoured to have applied for the vacant position, United chairman Glenn Houchen is happy with his appointments, and said: “I don’t care if we finish fourth from bottom this season, I just want to stay in this league.
“There is no pressure to go out and win it at all, or anything like that, I just want to be able to stay here on merit, rather than ground grading issues.
“We want some stability and some good players playing good football.
“I think Dave and Tobi can bring in some experience, while Jon can bring in some youth, which will be great for us.”
Shearing added: “From the first time I met them, I could tell the committee wanted to get somewhere and so do I.
“We are looking for players that are 150 per cent committed, like us.”