John Beck insists his first target as the manager of Kettering Town is to win promotion from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The experienced boss, who has achieved success at a number of clubs, was officially unveiled to the press today after he was appointed as the Poppies’ new manager on Monday.
He is joined at Nene Park by Dean Greygoose, who will be the assistant-manager and goalkeeping coach.
And Beck has made his intentions clear from the off, although he admits it will be difficult in the early stages with just four players currently contracted for the new season.
“Everybody knows this is going to be a difficult first season,” the 58-year-old said.
“My remit is promotion, even with the 10-point deficit (in place because of the Poppies entering a CVA).
“We have only got four players and I have got 12 to 13 days to try to get some in because we want to start our pre-season on July 2.
“Every club I have been at I have got promoted and if the supporters are patient with me, I can guarantee that around 18 months time they will see a squad that will be, I think, good enough to perhaps one day get into the Football League.
“The remit is promotion for the new season and if we don’t get that we will be very disappointed.”
Beck insists he is aware that the Kettering fanbase is feeling downhearted at the moment after seeing their side relegated last season but, more importantly, so nearly going out of business because of their crippling financial problems.
But the new manager is determined to get the fans back to Nene Park.
“The best way to get people smiling and coming to games is to win on a regular basis,” he added.
“I know that everybody thinks that because we have dropped to the Southern League Premier Division that we should win every week.
“It won’t be as easy as that. I actually started in this division with Histon and I found it the most difficult league out of the three we played in.
“It will be a question of getting good players in and unfortunately because it has been a late start, most of the quality players have been snapped up.
“But there have to be some youngsters out there who are not fixed up yet.
“With the right four-corner model of development – socially, psychologically, physically and tactically – I am sure we can develop a squad that can compete at this level.”