Fenn wants to create a blueprint for success
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 July 2015
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Ilford manager confident of doing well on and off the pitch
Ilford boss Allan Fenn says things are shaping up nicely, on and off the pitch, ahead of the new season.
In addition to his role as the Foxes boss, Fenn recently took over the running of the Ilford Sports Club, which houses the team’s Cricklefield home.
The former Redbridge chief has spent the past eight weeks renovating the clubhouse and improving the facilities on offer at the stadium which he hopes can helps the club’s fortunes on the pitch.
“We’re now working on the changing rooms and the dugouts at the minute after renovations elsewhere,” he said.
“We don’t have a budget like some other teams in the Essex Senior League, but what we can offer the players is good coaching and good facilities.”
It appears that methodology may already be working, with Fenn also being busy in the transfer market.
Goalkeeper Chris Clark has joined from Cricklefield tenants Barkingside, while Ajay Ashnike has returned from Tower Hamlets.
The new additions join a core of 15 players that represented the Foxes last season, which Fenn believes has fostered a “family ethos” at the club.
But he also believes that it could help Ilford’s chances of success, adding: “We want to be as close to the top as possible next season.
“We want to see progression both on and off the pitch. In my one year, I’ve already seen that through the several youth teams we have. We only had a first team when I joined.
“It’s all about giving the club the right infrastructure. We may not have a budget to bring in quality players, but we can hope to promote young guys from the youth teams.
“It will be tough in the league this season and there are some good sides in it. But if we are still within touching distance of the likes of Barking and Bowers by Easter, I’ll be happy.”
Before all that, though, comes the unveiling of Cricklefield’s new facilities, which will take place against a Braintree Town XI on August 1 (3pm).
Fenn hopes a celebrity will be in attendance and there will be a band playing.
For further information, call Ilford Sports Club on 020 8514 8352.
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