Sutton Town chairman Tim Naylor has confirmed that former club stalwart Dean Short is to be their new manager.
The club are fully aware that Short, who was acting manager at Clipstone last season, has had limited experience as a manager, but felt he had the right credentials to take the club forward.
“One of the reasons he was appointed, was through is former connections with the club,” said Mr Naylor.
“We have told Dean that our goal is to achieve promotion this coming season, thus stepping up to the next level and we feel Dean has not just that ability but also (the ability) to build the fan base up, which has dwindled in the past few seasons.
“Our aim is to take the club back to where it was a few seasons ago.”
Dean has had two previous connections with the club, first signing in the 1993-94 season when the Snipes were based at Lowmoor Road.
He then signed for the club at the start of the reformation at the start of the 2000 season under the guise of North Notts, who then acquired the name of Sutton Town from former Snipes chairman Roy Gregory.
Dean went on to play for eight very successful seasons which saw three promotions and three cup final appearances, culminating in the final of the Notts Senior Cup final against Eastwood Town at Meadow Lane.
Indeed, when starting his second spell at the club, Dean, in his first season, landed the coveted prize of players’ player of the season, which was topped by the winning of the Golden Boot with 36 league and cup goals.
However, in recent seasons the club has endured quite a lot of turmoil and it will be Short’s job to turn one of the sleeping giants of non-League football back into a force to be reckoned with.
Dean said: “Make no mistake, I’m under no illusions that it’s a mammoth task ahead. But I was never in any doubt when being offered the position.
“The club has always been close to my heart. I’m fully aware of its history and I can assure you that my aim is to bring the good times back to the club, such as they were enjoying five seasons ago.
“I hope to be as successful a manager as I have been a player with the club and, as I have stated previously, this is a massive opportunity for me to take the club forward and back to the standard of football they enjoyed five seasons ago.”
Short has already secured the services of former Mansfield Town player Dean Mitchell, who has also had a successful spell with the Snipes, as the club’s coach.
Dean then told the CHAD, “I’m currently in the process of recruiting the services of quite a few known faces who have previously played for the Snipes”, “These will be the nucleus of the playing side and i will build the team up around them”