NEW Worthing Football Club joint managers Gary Elphick and Jon Meeney are looking forward to the challenge ahead.
The duo have taken over from Adam Hinshelwood, who resigned after a year and a half as Rebels manager to take up a full-time coaching role at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Elphick, who was going to join Rebels as a player, has agreed to take charge of the Ryman League South Division club alongside Meeney, who was assistant manager under Hinshelwood. Rebels player Matt Piper will also join the management team.
Defender Elphick, 29, started his career at Brighton & Hove Albion and has also played at Aldershot, Eastbourne Borough, Havant and most recently Lewes.
He is delighted to take over as joint boss of the club as management has always been a burning desire of his.
He said: “I was going to sign for the club to play under Adam as I was excited about their plans, with the new pitch and new ownership.
“They’ve had some rocky times but they have solid foundations now and I was really excited about playing under Adam.
“With him getting the job at Brighton, which is something he deserves, the club sounded me out about a coaching or managing role and I’m looking forward to working with Jon.
“I’ve always had a burning desire to get into management. I’ve played under enough managers to get something from all of them to take into training and games.
“Adam and I had the same grounding as young players, under Dean Wilkins and Martin Hinshelwood, which was the best grounding you could wish for as a youth player.
“Now I want to help the young players at Worthing and continue the good work that Adam has done.
“I’m looking forward to getting on the training pitch and working with Jon as I think we’ll be the perfect foils for each other.
“I’m still going to be playing as well and I’ll be mucking in with the lads in pre-season but I can’t wait to get started and it’s exciting times.”
Meeney, 25, is looking forward to the challenge ahead and said: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind but it’s fantastic to see Hinsh move into a full-time role at a professional club.
“It’s a shame to lose someone of Hinsh’s calibre as we’d had a good year and a half but now Gary and I will look to continue the good work.
“I can’t wait to get started. When I was released by Brighton as a young player, I used to stand behind the far goal at Worthing and think that one day I’d like to be a coach here in some capacity.
“I’ve been first team coach, assistant manager and now joint manager and it’s a dream, really.
“The title doesn’t change me, however, and I don’t think there will be big changes. The last year has given us a real nucleus of good players and a platform to perform on.
“We want to maintain the success of the young players and we want them to continue to grow. If they continue to do that, then the results will come.”
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