LONG serving Chatteris Town player Julian Young has taken over as caretaker manager of the club’s first team for the rest of the season.
This follows the departure of Steve Taylor at the weekend after the Cambs League Premier Division side had gone 14 games without a win and dropped to second from bottom in the table.
The 47-year-old Young, who has turned out twice for the first team and runs the club’s under 16 team this season, said: “The club were without a manager and I know all the players so I thought why not give it a go.
“I have spoken to Russell and I am sure he will be a big help and it is a matter of getting all the players available again. If we can do that the reserves and A teams will also benefit.
“I had not looked at the league table until last night, but we have 12 games to turn things round. Some of the younger players did well in their first season in the Premier Division last season and they have not become bad players overnight.
“I have played in the team and they are just lacking in confidence right now after a poor run, but if we can get them playing again I am sure we are capable of staying in the Premier which is the target.”
Young, who has also played for March Town, Soham, Warboys and Great Yarmouth in a long career, added: “I hope I am not needed to play, but will be quite happy to named as a sub if required.”
When asked if we would like to the job on a permanent basis Young said: “Let’s just get to the end of the season and see how things go and then we can assess things then.”
Young will be assisted by Russell Warby, who was formerly assistant to Jimmy Unwin for the two previous seasons.
Unwin, who quit the manager’s job last summer after gaining the club promotion to take up a coaching role with Norwich City, remains on the West Street committee and said: “Julian and Russell were both good players and the players respect them. They both have the knowledge and organisation to turn things round and I am sure they will do a good job.
“It is sad to see the club at the foot of the table but I think there is enough young talent of the club for Julian and Russell get the team up the table. The club is certainly not in such a bad state as some people have stated.
“Some players who have not played recently have already said they will be available to play again.”