Gary Mills believes he has a been given a “great opportunity” after he was confirmed as the new manager of Corby Town.
The former Rushden & Diamonds and Kettering Town midfielder left his role as player/assistant-manager at King’s Lynn Town to take up the vacant position at Steel Park following the departure of Tommy Wright.
Mills has been joined by another former Diamonds star David Bell, who will be his assistant, and the duo were unveiled ahead of the Steelmen’s crucial 2-0 win over Frickley Athletic last night (Wednesday), which lifted them off the foot of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
Mills spoke with the Corby squad immediately after the game and will meet with them again today as the build-up to his first game in charge against Nantwich Town at Steel Park on Saturday gets under way.
And he insists his main aim is to lift the Steelmen away from the lower reaches of the table.
“I am delighted, it’s a huge club, huge potential and it’s up to me and David to get it going in the right direction,” the new Steelmen boss said.
“It’s massive, it’s a great opportunity for me.
“I have done my time at King’s Lynn and at Wrexham with Kev Wilkin and learned a lot.
“I am ready to take the bull by the horns and give it a right good go.
“It’s up to me to drag this football club up the table and get as many wins as we can.
“That will come by working hard, sticking together, showing desire and showing the fans what they want to see.
“We’ll be in today to have a formal meeting with the lads and set out one or two things that I am looking to implement for Saturday.
“There are some good players and I want good characters around the dressing-room.
“Every player has a chance, it’s up to them to decide what their futures are. I haven’t got any favourites or anything like that.
“They have got a clean slate, they have to work hard and for those that want to be here, they will be here.”
Mills had been featuring on the pitch for King’s Lynn in the Southern League Premier Division this season but the 35-year-old is hoping he will be able to focus solely on his role as manager.
“I have been playing for King’s Lynn, I’ve played in the last five or six,” Mills added.
“But hopefully not, hopefully the lads will be doing well enough that I don’t have to play.
“My initial thoughts are to just concentrate on being the manager.”