Bostik League North club Waltham Abbey have announced the appointment of former Thurrock boss Mark Stimson as their new manager.
Chairman John Martin moved swiftly following the resignation of Paul Joynes to gain the sought-after Stimson.
Stimson has a wealth of Bostik League experience, in particular taking the sadly now defunct Thurrock to the Premier Division, where the ambitious Abbots want to be.
Stimson`s playing career began at Tottenham Hotspur and he went on to have spells with Newcastle United, Portsmouth, Southend United, Leyton Orient, Canvey Island and Grays Athletic
His managerial career started at Grays Athletic where he guided them to the Conference South championship and two successful FA Trophy finals – a feat he repeated at his next club, Stevenage Borough.
He led Gillingham to League Two play-off final success and also had spells with Barnet and Kettering Town.
Martin told the club`s Pitchero website: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Paul Joynes for his services to the club after taking over a difficult position from Martin Hayes. We had some good times and some tough times and Paul will always be welcome at the club, should he wish to visit in the future and share a beer or two!
“We moved quickly as a club following Paul´s resignation, knowing that Mark´s achievements with Thurrock and their demise would put him in the shop window.
“Waltham Abbey as a club is moving forward rapidly off the pitch and the club as a whole want to start seeing success come back to the Town´s senior football team
“Mark, we believe, is the right man to take us to the next level and starts with a clean slate next season with a new challenge for him”.