Age no deterrent as Eaton eager to get going at Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 09:30 05 June 2013

Ricky Eaton

Ricky Eaton


Motormen manager Ricky Eaton hopeful of building strong squad after arrival at Oakside with chairman Imran Merchant.

New Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton may only be 31, but he believes he is ready for the challenge at Oakside next season.

Eaton (pictured) was appointed as manager last week after Imran Merchant, the former chairman of Essex Senior League side London Bari, took over the helm of the Ryman One North outfit.

Merchant and Eaton worked together at Bari and the latter is relishing the thought of testing his credentials at a higher level.

“I am still relatively young in management terms at 31 and I have always had the ambition to go forward,” said Eaton.

“I have been in football for 14 years now in all different capacities including Sunday League and London Bari last season but I do feel I am ready for this new challenge. It’s a great opportunity and hopefully things will go well.”

It was a difficult decision for Eaton to leave London Bari after Merchant offered him the role as the Motormen manager, but he feels he is the right man to invigorate new life into Redbridge. “It’s nice that Imran has the faith in me to do well and hopefully I can repay him,” he added.

“London Bari was a great club to be at and it wasn’t an easy decision, but after a meeting with the committee they decided to not stand in my way and they gave me the green light to go to the next level.”

Redbridge, without a budget last year under Steve Portway and Del Robinson, used a relatively young side which just kept them in the division at the expense of near neighbours Ilford.

And now Eaton hopes the Oakside outfit can enjoy a season of consolidation after an up and down few years.

“They had a lot of youngsters last season but Steve Portway and Del Robinson did a good job to keep them in the Ryman One North,” said Eaton.

“There are a few teams who we know a lot about having been in the Essex Senior League, with the likes of Witham, Barkingside and Burnham having come up from there in recent season.

“Having spoken to Imran I know his aims are to push on a lot higher and he is looking for a strong season to start off with.”

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