New Redbridge boss happy to hold the fort

But Brown may have long-term plans

JODY BROWN would ‘never say never’ in taking the Redbridge managerial role – but now is just happy to see the job through for as long as joint chairman Daniel Holloway wants him to.

Brown took up the caretaker reins last week following Kris Taylor’s resignation due to work commitments.

The 31-year-old has previous non- league managerial experience with Halstead Town and Tiptree United, but has recently spent time coaching with League One side Colchester United.

After six months out of the game, he formed part of the backroom staff with Taylor and Amin Levitt, and was looking forward to getting started in the job, but saw his first game against Ryman One North basement-boys Leyton called off due to a frozen pitch at Oakside on Monday.

“Daniel was in a bit of predicament with the managerial situation the club has had so far this season and wanted as little to change as possible and give the club a bit of stability,” said Brown.

“He wants to make sure he gets the right man in place and I am happy to see the job through until whenever Daniel needs.

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“I would never say never to the full time job, I don’t rule anything out, but we will just see how things go.

“If I get a taste for things then I may apply for the job.”

Brown takes over with the club in 19th spot in the Ryman One North, with 12 points to their name.

Their next scheduled game is on Monday with a trip to Thamesmead Town, and he is hopeful by then of bringing in some of his own managerial team to help him, with the main priority on the pitch to ensure all the senior players remain at Oakside.

“At the moment it is a matter of seeking people out who would be interested in the opportunity and it is something I am looking at,” he said.

“Keeping players like Kevin McLeod at the club is a must at this time, and to work with the younger members of the squad so that they fulfil their potential.

“I’ll look at the situation and see whether there is an opportunity to bring in some of the youngsters released by pro clubs, but it’ll take a little time to sort everything out.”

Redbridge travel to a Thamesmead side who sit seventh in the league, and lost 2-1 to them earlier in the season at Oakside, with the since departed striker Alex Read scoring a late goal after the home side had gone behind to two penalties.

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