HUCKNALL Town opted for familiar faces to replace former manager Brett Marshall this week as the Yellows seek to push up the Evo-Stik Division One South table.
Ex-Town players Gary Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson have been appointed joint-managers at Watnall Road, with another former Hucknall star, Alistair Asher, having agreed to join the coaching staff.
And speaking to the Dispatch this week, Sucharewycz said he was delighted to be back at a club he holds in high regard and is excited by the challenge that lies ahead.
“I live in Hucknall and spent time playing here too so it’s great to have been asked to work for a club so close to my heart and whose results I’ve always looked out for,” he said.
“It’s a big job to take on and the first priority is making sure we stay in this division. If we can achieve that and bring some stability then there’s no reason why it can’t be built on next season to maybe achieve better things.
“We’re in this for the long-haul. We wouldn’t have taken the challenge on if that wasn’t the case and although it may take a few weeks for the squad to get used to the way we do things, I’m confident we can climb the table.”
Sucharewycz, Robinson and Asher boast around 40 years’ experience between them as players at Conference level and immediately below, experiencing promotions, play-offs and relegations in the process.
Robinson retired through injury two years ago and has most recently been running the academy at Carlton Town, where Asher was also employed.
And with the trio’s contacts books certain to be of immediate use as they look to build a squad at Watnall Road, Sucharewycz believes that experience could be key.
He added: “I think between us we’ve got enough contacts that we can make it work.
“Bringing Alistair in was an important start, particularly as he’ll be playing too, and we’ll hopefully have some other new faces in by the weekend.
“I think having two of us running things will be important as there’s a lot to do and sharing the load will be beneficial.
“We’re like-minded in the way we want to play and I’m also hoping to get fit and perhaps get on the pitch if the opportunity arises, although my main priority is the management side of things and it’s great to have had the opportunity to break into it here.”
With regard to the players he and his colleagues have inherited, Sucharewycz said he was impressed by what he saw in the 2-0 defeat against Mickleover Sports last Saturday and that while the thin squad inevitably needs adding to, everybody will be given a chance to impress.
“We have made it clear to all the players that it is a totally clean page and that they will all have a chance to show us what they’re capable of,” said Sucharewycz.
“With the exception of the Coalville game, the results this season have been fairly good as Hucknall haven’t been taken apart and most of the defeats have been by the odd goal in close games.
“So there are obviously good things happening and against Mickleover, where Ian and I didn’t pick the team but had a watching brief, I felt we created a lot and dominated the second-half, despite only having 12 players available on the day.
“It won’t be all about technical ability, though there is plenty of that in the squad. At this level you have to work hard to grind out results and we’ll be bringing in good players that are willing to work for the club.
“It’s about who can cope with a tough away trip on a Tuesday night in December as much as it is about those who can offer technical quality too.
“So we’re keen to provide a good mix and it might take some time to get things settled as we assess the squad, but if people are patient then that will hopefully pay off.
“Obviously the budget is tight here but we knew that before we agreed to come and we won’t be using that as an excuse at all.”
Sucharewycz also emphasised his desire to encourage more supporters back to Watnall Road with attendances struggling to top 120 most weeks.
He added: “Obviously being local I know a lot of people around here and had some great times at the club in my previous spell, so I’ll talk to people and try to get the crowds up a bit as the support is really important.”
Sucharewycz and Robinson’s first game in charge will be at Halesowen Town on Saturday, who have lost half of their home games this season and sit 14th in the league.