LONG serving Chatteris Town player Julian Young is looking forward to his first game as caretaker manager with the trip to Great Shelford in the Cambs Premier Division this Saturday.
Young was appointed last week following the departure of Steve Taylor by mutual consent after 14 games without a win had seen the team drop to second from bottom in the table.
The 47-year-old Young, who has turned out twice for the first team this season and runs the club’s under 16 team, 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 Warby 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 was not too disappointed that Saturday’s game was called off as it has given me an extra week to get things organised. I have spoken to the players who have played in the last three games and have had a really positive reaction and from the players who have not played too and it has been an interesting week.
“I am considering putting in a couple of seven-day approaches this week for players and we will see how that works out. We have not been able to train because of the snow, but I hope to get all the players together this week before Saturday’s game against Great Shelford. I hope I am not needed to play, but will be quite happy to name myself as a sub if required.”
When asked if he would like to take 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 it then.”
Young will be assisted by 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 at 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.”