Essex Senior League club Barkingside have announced the appointment of Michael Walther as first-team manager just a couple of days after Gus Gulfer had resigned after two years in charge.
Walther left Side`s league rivals Stansted at the end of last season, having joined the Airportmen as their number two to Mark Ashford in August.
Before that, he was manager of Clapton and enjoyed great success at the Old Spotted Dog.
After being appointed as Tons boss in the summer of 2014, Walther went on to deliver two top-ten Essex Senior League finishes.
Walther also ended Clapton’s 25-year wait for silverware by winning the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy in May 2016.
Chairman Jimmy Flanaghan said on Walther’s appointment: “I am pleased to announce that Michael Walther has accepted the role of manager of Barkingside.
“I apologise that once again the position has not been advertised, it’s not because I’m arrogant etc. It’s because one of the main things for me is if I feel comfortable with the person, and in addition to being someone who has a lot of ability and contacts, I feel comfortable when I speak with Michael.
“That’s important in my eyes when as a club we don’t have much to offer a manager, that’s why I have always given a manager time and also why I have left them to get on with it in my eyes that’s being realistic.
“I had a few calls from people and I thank them for expressing interest in my club, one was a fantastic offer that I know most clubs would have accepted.
“I was also very, very flattered how one guy has tried to get me to reconsider. He is someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for as well but, unfortunately, I liked what I heard when I met Michael. I offered him the job and I gave him my word it was his, anyone who knows me knows that my words are my bond.
“Michael wishes to work with the staff and players already at the club. He will obviously be adding some of his own players and staff as well.
“He genuinely seems like he wants to do the best he can for this club whilst understanding what the club is about”.
— George Sessions (@GeorgeSessions) June 5, 2017