Hornchurch boss hails Ling arrival

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

McFarlane delighted to have new coach on board

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane is delighted to have brough former Leyton Orient manager Martin Ling in as a coach at Bridge Avenue.

Ling, who played with McFarlane at the tail end of his career with Purfleet, has spent some time away from the game after his sacking at then League Two side Torquay United.

But the Urchins chief persuaded the former O’s boss to come down and his arrival is a massive coup, according to McFarlane.

“Martin is absolutely fantastic to have around the place,” said McFarlane.


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“He’s a top bloke and I class him as a friend having played with him at Purfleet, but his experience is second to none and I couldn’t ask for a better person.”

Ling’s arrival comes hot on the heels of Dave Rainford’s departure, having taken up a coaching role at Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy.

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“He had been doing bits and pieces for them already, but he told me it was getting a bit too much. He’ll be greatly missed by us, not just as a coach but also as a player,” added McFarlane.

Meanwhile, winger Junior Dadson has joined Urchins, having been prolific in front of goal for Ryman One North outfit Harlow Town last season.

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