John Beck wants to “win back the hearts and minds” of local football fans as he gets to work as manager of Kettering Town.
The 58-year-old, who has a wealth of experience at a number of levels of the game, was appointed as the new Poppies boss earlier this week on a two-year contract.
Along with his assistant Dean Greygoose, Beck will lead Kettering in their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign after their double demotion was confirmed following the approval of a Company Voluntary Arrangement to clear the club’s debts of £1.2m.
Beck is aware what the club and its fans have been through in recent months and he insists he is determined to get them smiling again as well as playing his part in making sure Kettering becomes a community club.
“This won’t just be about what the players do on the football field, I want them out in the community,” Beck said.
“We want to be visiting primary schools, I want each player to be adopted by a school so they are going on a regular basis to coach the children.
“I want to see youth teams playing at our stadium, I want to be a proper community club.
“We want to win back the hearts and the minds of the local people and we want to put smiles on their faces.
“And the only way we can do that is by getting out into the community and saying ‘here we are’ and also to get a squad that win games on a regular basis.
“This place is just amazing. It has been a dream of mine to bring a club from grass roots level to the Football League.
“Our ultimate goal is to get to the Football League and I am sure we can do it.”
Beck believes the job at Kettering is his toughest test to date and has urged the fans to be patient in the early stages.
“This is probably my biggest challenge. We are starting late and only have four players on the books,” he added.
“I want to play in a manner that is exciting for the supporters. I want to play with two wide men, two strikers and have crosses in the box with an attitude to attack.
“The only thing I can guarantee is we will work tirelessly to get good players in as soon as possible.
“If the supporters can have that little bit of patience with me then I am sure I can get it right. I have done it at every other club I have been at so why can’t I do it here?”