New Arundel boss Torode - it’ll be a tough challenge

Brett Torode
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NEW Arundel Football Club manager Brett Torode is under no illusion of the difficult task he faces at the Mill Road Club.

The experienced boss accepted the vacant position at Mullets to return to a club he has previously both played for and managed. After quitting as local rivals Rustington’s manager last month, he admitted it was one of the only offers that would have tempted him back.

His first game in charge ended in a 1-1 draw at St Francis on Tuesday night, and before then, when accepting the job, Arundel were second from bottom in County League Division 1 with just four points from 10 games.

Torode faces a battle to turn Mullets’ season around and said: “It’s going to be a challenging task, that’s for sure. The position is a difficult one, with one win in 11 games so far, it’s going to be hard to turn around.

“We have got to get players in as well, which is difficult at this time in the season as players are settled now, so it’s not the best timing. But you can’t pick and choose these things.”

The ex-Blues boss insisted he had no intention of taking the Arundel job, when he quit Division 2 side Rustington.

He said: “Not at all. I am sure a lot of people will think that, but it really wasn’t the case. I had decided not to be involved anywhere and then got a phone call and it was one I really couldn’t turn down.

“It’s a club that means a lot to me. I played for them in the 80s and managed there in the 90s – I don’t think I would have gone anywhere else.”

Torode will first look at the current squad and try to convince a couple who have seven-day approaches in for them to stay.

He added: “People are saying there are good players here, which there are. Forward-wise, we are very blessed and we want to keep them, that’s for sure, but all the time players are playing well, other managers will be interested in them.”