Ilford boss Fenn heaps praise on Tower Hamlets ahead of their clash

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 September 2017

Ilford manager Allan Fenn with assistant Billy Cove (behind) in the dug out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn with assistant Billy Cove (behind) in the dug out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford manager Allan Fenn believes in-form Tower Hamlets are showing everyone how it’s done in the Essex Senior League this season.

The Foxes travel to face the fifth-placed outfit at Mile End Stadium on Monday (7.45pm) and are looking to cause an upset to the form table at the Mile End Stadium.

Fenn admits he is pleased to see their opponents enjoying success and also delighted for all the former Ilford players in the Tower Hamlets squad.

“Tower Hamlets have shown everyone else the way to do it,” Fenn said.

“They’re flying and good luck to them, as they’re a good club, run by good people and I’m really pleased for them.

“Their team is full of ex-Ilford players as well, the old captain AJ Ashanike is the joint-manager and doing a great job there.

“They’ve got Wale and Tola Odedoyin and a few others who have been a really good players for them recently.”

The boss is under no illusions as to how hard the next challenge is going to be, especially after his side have had such a mixed start to the season themselves, adding: “Blimey, this is going to be a challenge!

“They have got a lot of pace, a lot of power, they’ve got confidence, and they’ve got momentum and everything we don’t have at the moment.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge and something I’m looking forward to.”

The Ilford squad will also be getting in some extra training with no weekend fixture scheduled.

“We will be training hard on Saturday before the match on Monday to make sure we’re ready,” said Fenn.

The club also announced this week that Paul Oshin will take over captaincy duties and Jonah Gregory will be the vice captain.

Former captain Stefan Szajewski has been promoted to a first-team coaching role to work alongside Fenn and assistant manager Billy Cove.

And more changes are expected to come throughout the next few weeks as Ilford look to turn their season around.

Fenn added: “We’re identifying players and what positions we need and making sure we add exactly what we need.”

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