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The only way is up for Ilford, says new boss Fenn

Allan Fenn - Ilford FC Allan Fenn - Ilford FC

Friday, May 2, 2014
3:00 PM

New Ilford manager Allan Fenn hopes he can get the Foxes looking back up the Essex Senior League table after being appointed on Tuesday, following former boss Martin Haywood’s resignation.

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Fenn previously managed the Cricklefield outfit, guiding them to the then Ryman League Division Two title back in 2005.

The 43-year-old has been away from the dug-out since a spell in charge at Haringey Borough in 2009, but felt it was the right time for a return, especially with Ilford.

“I have a lot of fond memories from my time at the club before and it is 10 years since I took charge last time,” said Fenn.

“I enjoyed the last spell and we obviously had the success as well which was nice. It just feels like the right time to return to management and start a new project.”

Fenn had talks with the Foxes a few weeks ago about a potential return and ever since then he’s been keeping tabs on the Essex Senior League to see what the level is all about.

And having already contacted several players about a move to Cricklefield next season, Fenn believes the early signs are positive and a top-four spot is not out of the question.

“When I first heard about the possibility of coming back I had a look around the league for the last few weeks to see what the level is like,” he added.

“I won’t be working with any money, but I am looking to bring in some good players with Ryman League experience.

“I want to obviously aim for the top, but it we can get a good top-four finish with around 80 points that’ll be a good first season and hopefully we can go for promotion the following season.”

“Along with the league we’ll hope for a good run in the FA Vase and Cup.”

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