Williams wants ‘stability and atmosphere’ back at Wasps
New Chalfont Wasps boss is hoping to bring buzz back to Stingers after disappointing seasons
NEW manager Gareth Williams is looking to play the long game in a bid to help Chalfont Wasps get their buzz back.
Just over a year ago, the Stingers finished rock bottom of Hellenic Division One East with just three wins all season, while last season saw a slight improvement, with five wins and a final position of ninth out of 16.
It is not surprising when you consider the amount of managers the club has been through in recent years, with Williams taking over from player Ryan Sweales, who took over midway through last season when Martin Kenealy quit for the second time.
Williams, 39, has cut his teeth as reserve team manager at Holmer Green and is now ready for the next step – bringing with him Paul Lindsay as assistant manager, plus Kieran Webb and Graham Potts as coaches.
He said: “Chalfont Wasps have been unlucky with the amount of managers coming and going. We want to be as professional as possible and get some stability and atmosphere back into the club.
“We’ve not been set any goals, we just want to get the club back on solid ground first. I demand a certain level of commitment and organisation and I like my teams to play out from the back. We will be bringing in some players who can play in Division One or above, but we’re hoping all the players already here will stay, and we will be re-introducing a reserve team.”
Williams started his own playing career as a youngster at Alan Devonshire’s Maidenhead United, but admits he, as a trainee, had little to do with the West Ham legend, and has instead been inspired be a less well known name – at least outside of South Bucks.
He added: “I’ve taken most of what I’ve learnt from Chris Allen, who was my manager as a player at both Penn & Tylers Green and Holmer Green.
“In fact, all four of us played for Penn & Tylers, and we played against Chalfont Wasps for years, so we know what they’re all about.
“I’ve been looking to move up to first team management for a few years now, and Keiran knows the chairman here, so it all went from there really.”
Coaches: New boss Gareth Williams (second from left) with Kieran Webb, Graham Potts and Paul Lindsay