Ilford appoint Billy Cove as joint-manager after West Essex defeat

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 14 November 2017

Ilford's newly-appointed joint-manager Billy Cove (front) with manager Allan Fenn (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford's newly-appointed joint-manager Billy Cove (front) with manager Allan Fenn (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford have appointed Billy Cove as joint-manager to share the duties with current manager Allan Fenn.

Cove has been promoted from his role as assistant manager to take more responsibility at the club and he is honoured to given such a task.

“It’s a great honour, and it came as a very nice surprise,” Cove said.

“I admired Fenny as a player, and I admire him as a person and as a football manager.

“I have learnt a great deal from him already this season, so I’m looking forward to learning a lot more from him.

“We also have Dave Morgan, Kevin Lucas and Bradley Brotherton on board, that’s a wealth of knowledge there, so holds the club in good stead.”

The former striker believes his promotion will help support Fenn bring the club some more success and believes his playing experiences will help.

“We are cut from the same cloth, and we amaze each other sometimes as we think the exact same thing regarding players, team selections and formations,” he said.

“Fenny has dragged this fine football club up, without that much support over the years, so I think he just appreciates the help I have given him and the club since joining.

“I played at some great non-league clubs such as Leyton Pennant, Maidenhead United, Oxford City, East Thurrock, Ford United (now Redbridge) and Enfield Town.

Playing for some very good managers, Alan Devonshire, John Coventry, Paul Taylor, Trevor Harvey, Dennis Elliott and Jim Chandler to name a few, so I will be bringing a lot of their input with me.

“Hopefully the players will continue to respond the way they have been to me.”

The newly-appointed manager also spoke of his disappointment to lose 2-1 away to West Essex at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

“I’m very disappointed, we saw that game as an opportunity to close the gap on the teams above us, and we threw that opportunity away, by showing a terrible lack of discipline, and not showing the officials the respect they deserve.

“We started off well, and took a deserved lead.

“The wheels fell off just after they equalised as the forward clearly controlled the ball with his hand before he scored.

“We just need to control our emotions on the pitch as I thought we had enough in our locker to go on and win the game.

“We had a few half chances near the end and could have nicked a point, but full credit to West Essex, they stuck to their task and got the points.”

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