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Haywood is here for the long term says Chilvers

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 June 2013

Ilford FC chairman Roger Chilvers

Ilford FC chairman Roger Chilvers

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Ilford FC appoint Martin Haywood as new boss

Ilford chairman Roger Chilvers insists the club are planning for the long term after appointing Martin Haywood as their new manager this week.

The Foxes were relegated from Ryman Division One North last season after finishing bottom of the table under former boss Kevin Lucas.

And Haywood — who has pedigree in youth coaching — has agreed to join Ilford as they prepare for life in the Essex Senior League.

But it’s hoped the new manager will help develop the club’s entire structure, as much as seek promotion at the first attempt.

Chilvers said: “We are looking to expand the number of teams we have and we were keen to bring in somebody who would look towards the long term.

“Of course we’d like to bounce back to the Ryman One North very quickly, but we know that won’t be easy – especially when working with a budget that’s virtually non-existent.

“We’ve been talking to Martin for some time about expanding our set-up because he has been successful in working with players up the age of 18.

“He is very keen, very enthusiastic and very impressive to talk to.

“He’s eager to make the step up and we’re hoping we can cash in on his youth success.”

Haywood spent two years at Barking FC working with the under-18s and under-16s.

But it’s anticipated the new boss will have to put together an entirely new team for the next campaign.

Chilvers said: “Most teams at this level tend to play for their manager more than the club and when he goes they tend to go as well.

“We used nearly 100 players last season and it was difficult because we didn’t have a reserve team. That meant the manager ends up throwing players into the first team to see if they’re good enough or not.”

And the sad fact for Ilford was that many clearly weren’t, with the team’s desperately poor record speaking for itself.

The Foxes won only four of their 42 league games and collected a mere 20 points.

After kicking off the season with a 2-1 success at Soham Town Rangers in August, they failed to win any of their next 24 league and cup games until beating local rivals Redbridge 2-1 at the end of January.

Along the way, they lost 7-2 to Witham Town, 6-1 to Needham Market, 6-0 to Heybridge Swifts and 5-0 to Aveley — all at Cricklefield Stadium — and ended up with an embarrassing goal difference of minus 74.

And it was inevitable that a change of management would take place this summer as the club looks to undergo an overhaul.

“We sat down with Kevin and discussed the situation,” added Chilvers.

“But with only four wins and 106 league goals conceded, the writing was on the wall really.

“Kevin worked very hard but the players didn’t produce the goods for him.”

■ Barkingside have added three more fixtures to their pre-season programme ahead of the step up to the Ryman League.

Matt Frew’s side, who were promoted as the Essex Senior League runners-up last season, will travel to Essex Olympian League side Southminster on July 27, and host Bowers — who they beat 9-1 in the Essex Senior League Cup final — three days later.

Side will visit Harold Wood Athletic, another team from the Olympian League, on August 3 ahead of the new league season, which starts a week later. Fixtures will be released in mid-July.


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