Clapton boss happy with staff

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 August 2015

Clapton's Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Clapton's Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Tons manager discusses changes to backroom team after Marc Nurse’s departure to West Ham Ladies

Marc Nurse is the new manager of West Ham's women's team (pic courtesy of West Ham United)Marc Nurse is the new manager of West Ham's women's team (pic courtesy of West Ham United)

Clapton manager Michael Walther has been forced to change his backroom staff this summer, but is pleased with the final team he has behind him ahead of the Essex Senior League campaign which starts on Saturday.

Tons kick-start with a clash against Basildon United and in the dugout as assistant manager will be Peter Harrington.

It was revealed at the weekend that Harrington would be Walther’s number two and Dan Portsmouth would become first team coach.

Andre Thomas has now become manager of the Clapton reserve team and tasked with the job of developing the young players coming through the ranks at the Old Spotted Dog.

Thomas was initially made assistant after Marc Nurse’s departure to West Ham Ladies, but the Tons boss revealed the change in plan.

Walther said: “Towards the end of last season I felt like me and Marc really clicked and started to understand what to expect off each other.

“Our training sessions were really good, but with the opportunity Marc got he couldn’t turn it down and first I brought Andre Thomas, who works with ProPower Dragons, in as my assistant.

“It is very difficult to attract coaches to Clapton because it is a big commitment, but I thought it was the nature thing for Andre to work with the under-18s.

“Where he is with ProPower Dragons, he is working with local lads in Newham anyway so hopefully we can have some of them coming into the team.”

With Thomas dropping down to the reserves, it gave an opportunity for Harrington and Portsmouth to move to the Old Spotted Dog.

Clapton are more likely to have a professional approach this season, according to Walther.

He feels the new staff will improve the chances of Tons doing well and is happy with the squad he has built ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

“We have signed a few players from Sporting Hackney and that led to me and Peter being introduced. We had a phone conversation and Peter and Dan came to the club on Saturday,” said Walther.

“After talking to some of my Essex Senior League contacts they had all heard about them both. They are really excited to work here and they are both PE teachers which is good because that should bring more a professional element to the club.

“With the boys we have got, even if clubs come in and offer £20 or £30 to play I can’t see them going so hopefully with Peter and Dan coming in, I think they are bringing a physio too as well as a mini bus, it will help us improve again this season.”

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