Essex Senior League: Joey May looking forward to challenge of management after leaving Hornchurch for Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 June 2017
Midfielder is out injured until March, so has taken up opportunity to manage Redbridge alongside school friend Ricky Eaton
Joey May is excited for the new season with Redbridge after making the decision to get into management early by joining the Essex Senior League club.
The midfielder, who most recently played for Hornchurch, linked up with Motormen last month in a shock move.
May has spent most of his career playing in the Isthmian Leagues with Urchins, but will now be on the touchline.
He said: “I have always been interested in management, but I didn’t expect it to come as soon as it has.
“The ACL injury has allowed me to get into it early and I am really grateful to Ricky (Eaton) for the opportunity.”
After signing for Hornchurch at the end of 2016, May suffered ACL damage to his knee in January.
With the midfielder only recently going under the knife, he felt it was a good time to try his hand at management.
May spoke with Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane and got advice from other managers too, adding: “I spoke to Jim briefly and he told me it was a good move and that it would be a great experience for me.
“I also had a chat with the Tilbury manager Gary Henty and Danny Smith because I know them well.
“They both said it would be a good move for me, so I am really looking forward to the challenge.”
May has wasted little time getting to work at Redbridge with his new side making a number of good additions already.
Former Hornchurch players Abs Thompson and Charlie Dove have linked up with their old team-mate at Oakside.
But May joked no more are likely to switch Bridge Avenue for Redbridge because McFarlane would tell him off!
He added: “I am really pleased to be here and this opportunity has come at a good time in my career.
“I am still in contact with a lot of players, so I feel I can get plenty of people over to join me at Oakside.
“Abs is going to be a big player for us, but I don’t think I can sign anyone else from Hornchurch because Jim won’t talk to me!”
With May out injured, the onus will be on people like Thompson to help Redbridge improve on last season’s 14th-place finish.
Motormen have currently got a squad of 12 with more new additions expected over the coming weeks.
The joint-Redbridge boss won’t be fit to play a part himself until next year, but has his eyes set on a real return ahead of the 2018/19 season.
May added: “I am looking at coming back next March. I had surgery at the start of the month and they reckon it takes eight months.
“The injury has probably done me a favour in a way as it allows me to purely focus on the management side of things.
“Hopefully when I do come back we are pushing for promotion and the team will not even need me.
“It would be great to get back properly fit for the 2018/19 season and for us to be in the Isthmian League.”
Redbridge are going about things the right way with some quality transfers and May is looking forward to working with Eaton.
The pair have been friends for a long time having attended Canning Town’s Eastlea Community School together.
“We both see things the same and agree on a lot and have the same philosophy, so I am looking forward to it,” said May.
“Ricky has done a great job at Oakside and started from the ground up and done a lot to the clubhouse. We are now looking to get things right on the pitch.”