Wil­liams wants ‘sta­bil­ity and at­mos­phere’ back at Wasps

New Chal­font Wasps boss is hop­ing to bring buzz back to Stingers af­ter dis­ap­point­ing sea­sons

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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

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