Tucker sees a brighter future for Banstead
NEW Banstead Athletic manager Andrew Tucker is hoping to see his new-look team challenge for promotion next season, but isn't guaranteeing they will bounce straight back to the Premier Division.
Athletic were relegated to Division One of the Combined Counties League last season, but Tucker, who is taking over after previous boss Dave Tidy quit, is confident they won't be in the league for long.
"Clearly last season was quite difficult, but I'd like to see us at least challenging this season," Tucker said.
"I don't want to say we are going to win the league, but I'd like to think we will be up there – at least higher mid-table. A cup run would be nice as well.
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"However, if we don't get promoted this season, I would like to see Banstead back in the Premier Division within two seasons."
Athletic start pre-season training on Saturday and their first friendly is against John Fowler's Croydon side on July 14.
Banstead is Tucker's first management role in senior football, but he hasn't wasted time getting stuck in.
"I have been unable to contact most of last year's Banstead squad but I'm expecting lots of new faces to turn up for pre-season," he said.
"I've been speaking to a lot of players but also I expect to be in close contact with youth team manager Jack Johnson to ensure there is an effective progression from the youth to the first team."