Carlsberg South West Peninsula League
Published 6th June 2012
.....South West Peninsula League club, following last week's appointment of Dane Bunney.
The Speeds Meadow side had been on the hunt for a new boss since the departure of Pete Buckingham at the end of the season, who left to rejoin Barnstaple Town.
Cully had initially hoped to appoint a new manager in mid-May, and Scott admits he is delighted to finally have his man after naming former Ottery St Mary chief Bunney as the club's choice.
"It has been a bit of a worry so it is good now to have somebody in place," said Scott.
"We interviewed five different parties after having eight applications in total, and it was a good cross-section of applicants too.
"Ideally, we would have liked somebody who was based locally but Dane was insistent that the distance was not an issue.
"I must say, we have been really impressed with the work Dane has already put in and the way he has picked up the baton.
"He is desperately keen and has really got stuck into things, so that's great to see."
First on the new manager's 'to do' list is to compile a squad capable of staying in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division.
Former boss Buckingham often struggled with the number of players at his disposal as the club limped to a fifteenth-placed finish, and it is not yet clear who intends to stay or go.
Yet Scott is confident Bunney will be able to attract a sufficient quantity of players whilst also relying on the club's youth system to build a competitive team.
"His first objective will be to speak to the players at the club who were here last year, including the reserves and under-18s, to discover who wants to stay with us and then fill in the gaps," said Scott.
"He has plenty of contacts in both Plymouth and Exeter, so he should be able to help us build a competitive squad for next season.
"We probably should have blooded more of our under-18 players last year but I am sure our new manager is going to do that.
"They will have to stand up and be counted next year and show they are good enough and hopefully they can form part of our team for years to come.
"We haven't set any targets or goals really. I am a believer that the league is really three leagues in one. You have the top half a dozen, the bottom half a dozen, and we would like to be somewhere in that middle group."