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New manager Stimson keen to help Hornchurch push on

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 December 2018

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson during AFC Hornchurch vs Great Wakering Rovers, BBC Essex Senior Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 4th December 2018

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson during AFC Hornchurch vs Great Wakering Rovers, BBC Essex Senior Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 4th December 2018

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Newly-appointed Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson has big ambitions for the Bridge Avenue club and is keen to help them push on.

Ronnie Winn of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Great Wakering Rovers, BBC Essex Senior Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 4th December 2018Ronnie Winn of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Great Wakering Rovers, BBC Essex Senior Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 4th December 2018

The 50-year-old joined the Urchins from Bostik South Central side Waltham Abbey to replace long-serving Jimmy McFarlane who resigned from his role last month.

And the former Thurrock and Grays Athletic boss revealed chairman Alex Sharp and Colin McBride’s ambitions were what attracted him to the club.

“I’m excited, after meeting Alex and Colin, and the board after that as well, their ambitions matched mine,” Stimson said.

“They want to be competiting at this level and obviously try to get to the next level, that’s something I want to do as well.”

Stimson admitted he will be assessing the squad in the coming weeks to see what changes need to be made and says he will probably look to a few of his former players.

“I went to Waltham Abbey in the summer as it kept me in the game and gave me a chance to compete at that level. I’ve left them in fifth place, I know I’m going to probably be taking a few of their players, but I hope they can carry on.

“With Hornchurch we’re going to assess the squad, there will be a few changes, hopefully for the better to try and get us back up the league.”

He is hoping his experience from across different leagues will stand him in good stead at the club, adding: “I know the league, but I’ve been through all the leagues really from [Bostik] North all the way up to League One.

“I know what is required, it’s a good challenge and one we will look forward too.”

The former Leyton Orient player also praised the impact that former manager McFarlane had during his 12 years at the Bridge Avenue club.

“If I can stay at Hornchurch for half the time that Jimmy did and be half as successful I think the club and myself will be happy with that – so that’s our aim,” he added.

“He has been an absolute legend at the club and rightly so.

“I know Jimmy, he’s a great guy, a proper man and when he played the game he played in a certain way and he also managed in a certain way.

“We’re a little bit different, but at the end of the day we both want the same thing. We want to win and be successful.”

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