For­mer Arse­nal keeper takes over at Alconbury

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

AM­BI­TIOUS Alconbury have ap­pointed a for­mer Arse­nal school­boy goal­keeper and Ful­ham coach as one half of a new joint man­age­ment duo.

Dave Newton, who cur­rently coaches the young ‘keep­ers in the Posh Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, was also a Portsmouth youth player whose hopes of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional were dashed by a knee in­jury.

He went to gain a we­lath of non-league ex­pe­ri­ence and also en­joyed around five years as an Alconbury player.

Now he is back to join forces with old pal Steve Long (a man who re­turns for a sec­ond spell in charge of Alconbury’s first team) at the helm.

The duo have been charged with the task of tak­ing the club into the United Coun­ties League in the next five years.

Newton said: “My­self and Steve have known each other re­ally well for the best part of 20 years. We played to­gether in the early to mid-1990s and have al­ways kept in touch.

“We both have the same philos­phy when it comes to foot­ball and I reckon we will get on well.

“The club are very am­bi­tious as are my­self and Steve, so if we can all get it right in our re­spec­tive de­part­ments the fu­ture should be good.

“I can’t think of any Peter­bor­ough League clubs that have bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties than Alconbury but there are a fair few at a higher level that aren’t that well blessed.

“It is a great club where both the foot­ball and so­cial side are very good.”

Long was also Alconbury boss ear­lier in the cen­tury and is pro­moted back to first-team du­ties af­ter guid­ing their young re­serve side to Com­bi­na­tion League Di­vi­sion Two ti­tle glory last sea­son.

The duo re­place Barry Gre­gory in the hot­seat af­ter the vet­eran boss re­signed at the end of last sea­son - a cam­paign in which Alconbury fin­ished in the bot­tom half of the Premier Di­vi­sion ta­ble.

Alconbury chair­man Adrian Talbot said: “We have a five-year plan to reach the UCL and Steve and Dave are two guys that I be­lieve can get us there.

“I have sug­gested to them that a top-six fin­ish would be a great way to start next sea­son, but it is not com­pul­sory.

“I have seen what teams like Rut­land Rangers have done with a young, en­er­getic and skill­ful side. I want us to look to the fu­ture, de­velop young play­ers and build a squad go­ing for­ward. We want com­mit­ted club play­ers - not prima don­nas - and we want to play at­trac­tive foot­ball.”

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