Search

Fenn focused on Ilford’s rebuild

12:07 08 August 2014

Ilford manager Allan Fenn.

Ilford manager Allan Fenn.

Archant

New boss wants Foxes to improve

Rebuilding has been the watchword at Ilford as they prepare to host Waltham Forest in the Essex Senior league on Saturday.

And the maintenance work has not just been focused on the pitch as manager Allan Fenn has overhauled the playing staff, as well as help restructure off-the-field activities.

Pre-season result were mixed, but with those games now behind them Fenn is confident his side can compete at the right end of the table this season.

“It’s been a tough pre-season because we’ve been trying to build the club, off and on the pitch,” said Fenn.

“It’s just trying to build the infrastructure of the club really because the chairman had no support and I’ve gone in and sorted out the social media side of things, got new kits and tracksuits, backroom staff and a physio.

“Now we’ve got to just try and build a team that’s competitive and consistent and we’re finally starting to show that at the right time.

“We’ve completely rebuilt the side and we’ve had some different results to say the least,” he said.

“We gave a good account of ourselves against Barkingside (in a 2-1 defeat) the other week. We also drew 1-1 at Tilbury and looked quite strong.”

The Foxes finished last season in 16th place, but with the arrival of fresh faces Fenn is adamant Ilford will be more competitive.

“In the last week, we’ve got six new players in with Ryman League experience and they’ve settled into the squad really well,” said Fenn.

“I got on the phone to some other non-league managers and they sent me some players over and they’ve done really well.

“I’m particularly pleased with Charlie Hurlock in central midfield who was at Cheshunt last year.

“We’ve got quality throughout the side. By all accounts we’re going to be one of the strongest sides, but whether we can be that I don’t know.

“If we’re not going to be up there or thereabouts then what are we doing here?”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

Yesterday, 18:14
Leyton Orient duo Andy Edwards and Danny Webb on the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Jay Simpson scored the only goal of the game to gives O’s success at Brisbane Road for the first time since August 30

Yesterday, 17:49
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers manager expresses disappointment with squad after shock loss to Rebels

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson is all smiles (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Sky Bet League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Accrington Stanley 0

Yesterday, 16:53
Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge and Brannon O’Neill of Worthing (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

FA Trophy first round: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Benson 40) Worthing 2 (Staunton o.g. 62, Dawes 71)

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now