Essex Senior League: Clapton appoint Andre Thomas as interim manager after Michael Walther departs for Stansted

PUBLISHED: 13:02 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:02 25 August 2016

Action from Clapton's FA Cup preliminary round clash with Sporting Bengal United (pic: Tim Edwards)

Action from Clapton's FA Cup preliminary round clash with Sporting Bengal United (pic: Tim Edwards)


Tons assistant steps up to take temporary charge

Andre Thomas is looking forward to his time in charge of Clapton after being named boss of the Essex Senior League side on an interim basis.

Michael Walther left Tons following their FA Cup exit last weekend to take charge of divisional rivals Stansted, leaving Thomas in charge.

And though he is unsure how long his tenure will last, the former assistant says he is excited by the challenge that lies ahead at the Old Spotted Dog.

“It is exciting, it’s a great opportunity, but right now I’m not focusing on the minor details of my official title,” said Thomas.

“My focus is solely on trying to get the boys refocused and help them bounce back from our last couple of results,” said the interim boss.

Thomas has been busy preparing the Clapton squad for this weekend’s clash at home to Eton Manor in the league.

Manor have had a mixed start to the new campaign, with their first four games yielding two wins and two losses.

But Thomas knows they will still be a side that can cause Clapton plenty of problems on Saturday.

“It will be a difficult challenge. Eton Manor like a lot of teams in this league can beat anyone on any given day,” he added.

“We’ll respect them, but not fear them.”

Thomas will also be hoping Saturday sees him win his first match in charge after his opening game as manager ended in a 1-1 draw at home to Wadham Lodge on Tuesday.

Tons battled back from going a goal down to earn a point, and Thomas was pleased his side showed good determination to draw level.

“Tuesday’s display was a positive one altogether, we regained a point from a losing position.

“Although I feel like we should not have been in that position, we still showed character to bounce back.

“Overall I’m satisfied, Its the starting block as we aim to go forward

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