Published: 08:00, 20 March 2014 |
Updated: 09:03, 20 March 2014
Justin Luchford says he is more determined than ever to be a success in management after taking over the reins at Ramsgate.
The 37-year-old has been working this season as a scout for Folkestone Invicta, but said he jumped at the chance to get back into management.
He previously led Faversham to promotion from the Kent League and also had spells at Whitstable and Horsham.
Luchford said: “I am absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to manage this football club. After very positive and forward thinking discussions with the board, it was clear that it was a good fit for us both. There are some great people at this club and I am very much looking forward to working with them all.
“I haven’t been away from the game as such, as I have been working for Neil (Cugley) at Folkestone all season and so have seen every team in the division this year at least once.
"I have to thank Neil for giving me the opportunity to get back into football and I wish Folkestone all the success for the rest of the season and hope they get the promotion that I think they deserve.
“However, it is now an opportunity for me to get stuck into the management side again. I am very excited about this and I intend to grab it with both hands. My desire to succeed has never changed, and if anything I am probably hungrier than ever before, after having a break in terms of management.
“This club has everything it needs to be successful. Ramsgate has shown in the past that they can be successful and be up there with the Ryman Premier clubs."
The Rams are currently 10th in Ryman League Division 1 South and, with eight matches to go, have only managed one win in the six games since the departure of Tim Dixon and Darren Beale last month. They are away to Three Bridges on Saturday.
Director of Football Phil Fennell confirmed: “We considered a wide range of candidates for the position, many with experience of managing Ryman teams. Justin has the same passion and vision as we have for the club, and believe that his experience and commitment make him the right man to take us forward."
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