Kentish Town act quickly to bring in new boss
Kentish Town have wasted no time in appointing a new manager to replace Rakatahr Hudson who left the club last week.
John Creith has made the step up from youth team coach to take over first team duties after Hudson, who had spent two years in charge of the Barnet Copthall-based club, quit to concentrate on his playing career.
However, Creith has continued Town’s trend of promoting from within their own structure and admitted he was looking forward to the challenge at the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side.
“Not many clubs would appoint youth team managers for the first team post, and that is why I joined the club because of the way they operate and the way they see the future for this club,” said Creith.
“I have watched the last six matches that the first team have played and I have inherited some very good players and am looking forward to working with them over the coming months.
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“I will bring in some new faces where I feel we can strengthen the squad, but otherwise I am quite happy with the squad that we have.”
With the future in mind, Creith will be eager to sustain Town’s recent revival that saw them go unbeaten in November after a mixed start to the season.
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Creith has installed his own backroom staff; appointing James Noonan as the goalkeeping coach and Mark Langton as head coach. Meanwhile former manager and club president and director of football Frank Zanre will also help out as assistant manager.
And Zanre added: “John’s ideas and beliefs are very much in line with those of the club and his calm manner and knowledge will stand the players in good stead.”
Creith has already invited former players Dave Dawson and Joe O’Conner back into the fold this week.
“Joe played for us last year but has been away for the last eight months, but has decided to rejoin the club,” said the new manager. “Dave Dawson has rejoined the club and played a very important role in past years.
“I am delighted to have both these two players as my first signings, Dave will add much needed experience to the squad and some steel in midfield, Joe will strengthen our defence as well as add some youth.
“We have also signed some of the youth players to give them some experience of being involved with the first team.
“I am very much looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” said the optimistic Creith on his appointment, and the new man is unlikely to be disappointed as his side are currently 17th in the Premier Division table.
Having needed a late-season revival to avoid the drop last season, Town will be hoping to avoid a similar performance this time around, but are already suffering from their fixture congestion.
Their last two games have been postponed due to frozen pitches and Town have not played since winning at Hanwell Town on November 24, leaving them three or four games behind most other teams in the division.
They are scheduled to host Stotfold on Saturday, but with Barnet Copthall Stadium not in playable condition of late, the game may be switched to Haringey Borough’s Coles Park ground.