Former Arsenal keeper takes over at Alconbury
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.”