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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Now it really is Webb's Wood
DAVE Webb has revealed it was an ‘absolute honour’ to be appointed manager of Swindon Supermarine and says the opportunity was too good to turn down.
As exclusively revealed yesterday on www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk, Webb left the hotseat at Hellenic Premier outfit Highworth in order to take the equivalent role at the South Marston club, having won two trophies in four seasons at the Elms.
Webb will continue to operate with Lee Spalding as his assistant, while it is hoped that Marine’s 2011/12 joint player-boss Gary Horgan, who days ago turned down the chance to become the club’s sole manager, will fulfil the role of first-team coach alongside Spalding.
Having met with club officials on Monday night, a deal was quickly done to bring Webb to Marine and now he cannot wait to get started.
“Plans are in place for the club moving forward and I’m really excited about what we could potentially do,” he said.
“It’s an absolute honour. I’m going to get the opportunity to manage the best non-league team in the town and what more can you ask for?
“I had 12 great seasons at Highworth as a player and a manager but this opportunity might not come along again, and I just felt the timing was right.
“It’s just a fantastic opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Webb expanded on his plans to make Horgan a part of the coaching team, believing a player-coach role would suit the former joint boss ideally.
“Gary wants to continue to play and I think that’s extremely difficult to do when you’re trying to manage as well,” added Webb.
“He’s still got something to offer as a player and I’m hoping to convince him that he can do that alongside a coaching role.
“I see him and Spud (Spalding) working together, they are both experienced and both have played a good level of football.”
Supermarine issued a statement to the press yesterday, in which the club thanked Horgan and fellow joint boss Matt Robinson for their efforts.
The statement said: “The chairman (Keith Yeomans) and committee of Swindon Supermarine FC announce a new management team to take the football club into the 2012/13 season.
“They are pleased to welcome new manager Dave Webb and his assistant Lee Spalding to the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
“The former Highworth Town duo will take over the managerial position from joint managers Gary Horgan and Matt Robinson with immediate effect.
“The committee is hopeful that both Gary and Matt will still be involved as players and also Dave is speaking to Gary with a view of him assisting with the coaching of the players.
“The chairman and committee would like to publicly thank both Gary and Matt for their commitment and dedication over the last 15 months as joint managers in what were difficult times.”