Wha­ley keen to take the Cuck­oos for­ward

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - By MARK PLUMMER mark.plummer@jpress.co.uk

BRETT Wha­ley is anx­ious to prove foot­balling knowl­edge rather than fam­ily links earned him the po­si­tion of Yax­ley boss.

Wha­ley has set his sights on build­ing a brighter fu­ture for the Cuck­oos af­ter leav­ing his post at March Town to take up his dream job in lo­cal man­age­ment.

The Yax­ley born and bred Wha­ley got the nod to take over his home vil­lage club on Satur­day, only hours af­ter be­ing in­ter­viewed for the va­cancy and only nine days af­ter pre­vi­ous boss Gary Clip­ston had been axed de­spite achiev­ing United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion sur­vival again last sea­son.

And the 35 year-old shouldn’t have any trou­ble set­tling in at a club where his fa­ther Mal­colm is a leg­endary fig­ure in the club’s his­tory on and off the pitch. Wha­ley’s un­cle, Pete Burgess, cur­rently sits on the board while his as­sis­tant Chris Len­ton is the son of the club’s pres­i­dent, Jeff Len­ton.

Wha­ley said: “Ev­ery­one at Yax­ley is des­per­ate to en­joy suc­cess, so they are not go­ing to ap­point some­one be­cause of fam­ily links.

“I’m sure there are peo­ple with their own opin­ions, but I be­lieve I am build­ing up a de­cent man­age­rial CV and the time is right for me to step up to UCL Premier Di­vi­sion level.

“Yax­ley is my club. It’s where I’m from, it’s where I played all my foot­ball and I’m ex­cited by the chance to man­age there.

“The peo­ple at Yax­ley have made it clear they want to get into a po­si­tion where the club can chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion up to Step Four of the non­league lad­der and it is my job to get into that po­si­tion.

“The club is proud of it’s ju­nior and youth set-up and there is also a re­serve team start­ing again next sea­son, so I have to make sure the struc­ture is right all the way through.

“But the first thing I have to do is cre­ate the right men­tal­ity to get the club back to win­ning foot­ball matches again be­cause it has been strug­gling for too long.

“It is a fresh start for ev­ery­one cur­rently there. I won’t be go­ing on past rep­u­ta­tions and peo­ple will need to prove them­selves on the pitch.”

Wha­ley cut his teeth in man­age­ment with Yax­ley’s old re­serve team back in 2006 be­fore spend­ing two sea­sons at March.

He dropped into the Peter­bor­ough League with Ram­sey Town where he spent 18 months at helm, suf­fer­ing de­feat in the PFA Se­nior Cup final of 2010 but as­sem­bling and de­vel­op­ing the team that won the Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tle the fol­low­ing sea­son.

Wha­ley had de­parted early in that cam­paign for Deep­ing Rangers where he spent sev­eral months as num­ber two to Tun­cay Kork­maz – an ex­pe­ri­ence he reck­ons will be of con­sid­er­able ben­e­fit now he is back in the UCL as a boss in his own right.

Wha­ley re­turned to March last sea­son for a sec­ond spell and led the Hares to their best Rid­geons League First Di­vi­sion fin­ish since be­ing rel­e­gated to that level in 1997.

Yax­ley pres­i­dent Jeff Len­ton said: “This has been a rapid process but Brett ticked all the right boxes.

“He pre­sented us with a com­pre­hen­sive and well struc­tured plan to steadily progress the club which in­cludes the util­i­sa­tion of our ex­cel­lent youth set-up and our newly rein- stated re­serve team.

“He is also well re­garded in play­ing cir­cles across the re­gion and we are con­fi­dent he has the right skills and cre­den­tials to bring out the best of our ex­ist­ing squads while in­tro­duc­ing new, hun­gry play­ers to be part of our growth and suc­cess.

“We con­sid­ered some in­ter­est­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the post but Brett’s youth­ful dy­namism, ex­pe­ri­ence, am­bi­tion, man man­age­ment skills and all-round pro­fes­sion­al­ism shone through.”

DREAM JOB: Brett Wha­ley.

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