New Kimberley Miners Welfare manager Andy Alls says he’s relishing the opportunity to oversee the club’s continued progress.
Alls has a wealth of experience in local non-league football having managed at the likes of South Normanton, Dunkirk, Wollaton and most recently Greenwood Meadows.
That means there will be few surprises in store on the football front for the new man in charge, but at the same time Alls, who replaces Ian Deakin at the Stag Ground, knows just how tough the challenges are that await him.
He said: “The EMCL is a tough division where anyone can beat anyone else, so it’s important to have a good-sized squad and for there to be strong camaraderie amongst the players.
“I know Deaks very well and have a similar mentality to him which I hope will put us in good stead.
“He did a great job here and built a really good squad that I’m keen to keep as much together as possible.
“There’s a strong reserve and youth setup here too so I should have a good pool of players to call upon if required.”
Alls has wasted little time in signing up new players, with several having already committed for the 2017/18 season.
Among them are Aaron Mitchell, who was once captain of Nottingham Forest Reserves and who has also appeared for Tamworth, Eastwood Town and Ilkeston Town, as well as his brother Liam who has played in goal for Notts County, Tamworth and Mansfield Town.
Also signing is Alls’ son Jordan who has been a prolific scorer in his dad’s teams in the past, and Jay Smedley who lists Eastwood Town and Hucknall Town among his former clubs.
Alls said: “I’ve a good few players who tend to follow me around wherever I go so that’s helped in terms of early recruitment!
“There may well be others but I’m keen to give the existing squad a chance too given how well they did last year so we’ll see how things progress.”
The EMCL remains a tough league to progress from with only one promotion place available, West Bridgford having just been crowned champions with Kimberley finishing in eighth spot - a position that secured them FA Cup qualification for next season.
And Alls is optimistic he can continue the upward momentum achieved at the Stag Ground in recent years.
He said: “I have no reason to doubt we can progress to step five as that would be a great level to be at, but it of course won’t be easy.
“It’ll be another strong league next year but with some good squad depth and the right attitude we can do well.
“The FA Cup will be a case of ‘anything goes’ as always but I’d love us to get past the prelims if we can.
“Overall I’m really looking forward to the challenge and creating a buzz around the place.
“I was impressed by what the club had to say when I was interviewed for the job and obviously they liked what I had to say too, so I hope we can have a strong future as I feel that relatively speaking this club is a sleeping giant that has a great chance to climb up the leagues.”