The chal­lenge of un­fin­ished busi­ness suits Rich­man

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

FOOT­BALL Rob Rich­man in­sists he can lead Norstar Lon­don Raiders to sil­ver­ware next sea­son af­ter tak­ing over from Phil Peters.

Fol­low­ing the merger be­tween North Lon­don Raiders and Norstar, Peters led the A-team to the run­ners-up fin­ishes in the MGBSFL Pre­mier Di­vi­sion, which they led for sev­eral months, and Cyril Anek­stein Cup com­pe­ti­tions. He is step­ping down to con­cen­trate on his com­mit­ments with the Team Mac­cabi GB foot­ball squad at next sum­mer’s Euro­pean Games in Berlin.

Rich­man said: “I am de­lighted to be back in the hot-seat and I am look­ing for­ward to what will be a re­ally ex­cit­ing chal­lenge next sea­son.

“Phil did an ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing job last sea­son and my aim will be to con­tinue his good work from last year.”

Rich­man en­joyed sev­eral suc­cess­ful sea­sons leading NLR B and re­cently man­aged the Team Mac­cabi GB squad, along with Jonathan Green, at the Euro­pean Mac­cabi Foot­ball Tro­phy com­pe­ti­tion, where they lost to France on penal­ties in the fi­nal.

He said: “I am also very pleased that Jon is join­ing the fold and help me in a man­age­rial ca­pac­ity. We worked well to­gether at the EMFT and I know he’ll be a great as­set and a big help to ev­ery­one “The aim is to keep the squad roughly the same. We will ob­vi­ously freshen things up a lit­tle, but the core of the side did ex­cep­tion­ally well last year so we are only look­ing to bring in a few play­ers of real top qual­ity. I’m look­ing for­ward to the of pre-sea­son and Septem­ber 7 can­not come soon enough.”

NLR chair­man Jonathan Adel­man said: “What Phil and the A’s achieved last sea­son was su­perb and far be­yond the tar­get I set for them at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. “A Pre­mier League points haul of 45 and a first ma­jor cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance was an un­be­liev­able achieve­ment.

“We are for­tu­nate that in Rob we have some­one who can pick up the reins from within the Club and of course who laid the foun­da­tions for the cur­rent side. I am sure un­der his guid­ance the team will go from strength to strength.”

P e t e r s be­lieves NLR

Rob Rich­man

will need to make fur­ther im­prove­ments over the sum­mer to chal­lenge again. “It will be a tough job for ev­ery­one at NLR to re­peat the suc­cess of this sea­son, es­pe­cially as teams will know all about the threat that is posed,” he said. “Rob will have to bring in some new faces up front.

“The com­pe­ti­tion will be more fierce next sea­son, but if the sign­ings we dis­cussed be­fore my de­par­ture come off, and the club man­age to hold on to their best play­ers, then they can cer­tainly chal­lenge again. I’d be de­lighted to see them pick up some tro­phies.”

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