WORTHING Football Club have named former Albion professional Adam Hinshelwood as their new manager.
Hinshelwood was named Rebels boss earlier this week and took charge for the first time on Boxing Day, when Worthing lost 4-1 away to Burgess Hill in the Ryman League South Division.
Hinshelwood, who turns 30 next week, resigned as manager of County League side Selsey in November, and said: “It’s great to be back in the dug-out after a few weeks’ off and, as much as I hate losing, I enjoyed it.
“This is my first chance to be No 1 at a Ryman League club and I intend to grasp it with both hands. I’ll be doing all I can to make Worthing as difficult to beat as possible.
“I wanted to join an ambitious club and a club that matched my ambition and I’ve done that now.
“It’s going to take time to get my ideas across. I need to get to know the players and bring in some new players, if needed.
“But, hopefully, if I’m given that time, we can be successful. It might be a bit too much to ask to reach the play-offs this season now but you never know.
“Everyone can beat everyone in this league and there will be a team that gets on a run between now and the end of the season who sneaks into the play-offs.
“We’ll be doing all we can to make sure it’s us but, realistically, it might be a step too far.
“I can’t wait for 3pm tomorrow. The fan base at the club is second to none and our fans deserve the team to be as hard to beat as possible.
“The team had great support at Peacehaven and Burgess Hill and the players will be going out every game giving their all for the fans.”
Hinshelwood will have Mick Fogden and Jon Meeney on his management team. The duo took caretaker charge of the team after Lee Brace and Kieran Collins left the club and Hinshelwood said: “Mick and Jon are Worthing through and through and love the club. The three of us will be doing all we can to get results for the club.
“We need to get to know each other but I’m pretty sure we’ll all get on fine.”
Rebels chairman Lee Noakes said: “We’re very pleased we managed to get Adam. He has an excellent CV, is very enthusiastic and is very motivated.
“We’ve got him on board now, so he can get in here, understand what players he wants to work with and primarily build for next year.
“He wants to work with Mick Fogden and Jon Meeney and, fingers crossed, they will gel.”
Defender Hinshelwood played 113 times for Albion between 2002 and 2009, before he had spells with Aldershot and Wycombe.
He also received a call-up to the England under-21 squad in 2004 but his career was plagued by injuries, which eventually forced him to retire in July 2010, aged 26.
Since then, he has been assistant manager at both Hastings and Burgess Hill and has had two spells in charge of County League side Selsey.
Noakes praised Fogden and Meeney for their caretaker spell in charge and said: “We were very pleased with how Mick and Jon did. Unfortunately, results didn’t go the way we wanted but that’s football.
“Their passion, character and attitude was spot on.”
Hinshelwood’s first home game in charge is on Saturday, against Chipstead, with a 3pm kick-off at Woodside Road.