Kick-Off: Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton confident new co-manager Joey May can fill shoes of Dave Ross
PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 August 2017
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There were some off-field changes for Motormen during close season, but Oakside Stadium club are gunning for promotion from Essex Senior League
Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton is preparing for his first season at the helm of the Motormen without Dave Ross by his side.
The experienced Ross stepped down as joint-boss in the summer after four seasons as part of the management team alongside Eaton.
In Ross’ place has come former Hornchurch midfielder Joey May who, in joining Eaton at Oakside Stadium, has taken on his first managerial role.
But Eaton is confident his new fellow joint-boss has the ability to succeed in his first job in management.
“Dave had the experience, which will be a loss, but Joey is an extremely knowledgeable person,” said Eaton.
“Joey has played for teams at a higher level than we currently are, so he is looking to draw on that and he is really looking forward to the challenge.”
May’s arrival has seen the former Urchins midfielder sign some of his former team-mates for Redbridge, including Abs Thompson and forward Calvin Poku.
Since moving to the Motormen, Poku has been in lethal form, netting in every pre-season game, as well as scoring in each of his first three competitive matches for his new club.
And Eaton is fully aware that Poku has the ability to be one of the most lethal forwards to grace the Oakside Stadium pitch in recent seasons.
“Calvin is a good name to have at this level, and if he can get sharp, then he is going to be a real handful for defences,” added Eaton.
“The challenge for us as managers is to ensure we keep his feet on the ground as that will help him score more goals.”
Poku’s goals could help move Redbridge up the table this term after finishing a disappointing 14th last season.
And after some impressive business over the summer, Eaton admits the Motormen have their sights set on finishing higher up the standings this term.
“We hope to be challenging for the title this year and a lot of the work we have done in the close season is with that in mind,” he said.
“The players are buying into what we are trying to do here, which helps.
“We have a big squad, so we can attack on all fronts. If we fall short, then we’ll learn from it and go again next season.”