Spartan South Midlands League
Published 13th January 2012
...replacing Ashley Fisk at the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division club.
Boro' chairman Peter Harris said that a mutual decision had been made between himself and Fisk for the latter to step aside from first team duties due to disciplinary issues.
Fisk has been sent-off twice for dissent after the final whistle in games this season and with Herts FA currently looking into the indiscretions, Harris fears a lengthy suspension could be on the horizon.
O'Vell joined Boro' as an assistant to Fisk, before becoming joint-manager this season, and the 57-year-old former Hoddesdon Town boss will now step up to take the reins on his own.
"We're looking at the future. We're not sure exactly what's going to happen with Ash. We're waiting to hear from Herts FA," said Harris. "It was very much a mutual, agreed decision between Ash and myself that he should step aside."
O'Vell said that he didn't think twice about taking die job and is gunning for silverware this season with Boro' in the semi-finals of the South Midlands Senior Floodlit Cup and the Herts Charity Shield.
"I was asked to take the reins and once I knew Ashley, who is a good friend of mine, was fine with it I didn't think twice," he said. "There's a good standard of players here, we just need to up the work ethic.
"This is a club with a lot of potential and an ambitious one. We want promotion, but this season we want to move up the league. For me it's all about silverware and we still have two semi-finals to look forward to. The season's not over at all."
The chairman added that Fisk will remain involved with the club on its committee and O'Vell confirmed that he has been asked by Harris to reduce the club's yellow card count, especially those for dissent.
On Tuesday night, Boro' were unfortunate to exit the Challenge Trophy. An injury to holding midfielder Dan Broom changed the game, which was goalless with 20 minutes to go.
He was struggle with a dead leg and Hiliingdon Borough took advantage to break away Warren Gladdy slotting past Ed Thompson. Despite Broom coming off, young substitute Andy Ward then didn't get enough power on a header back to Thompson and Hillingdon's Dayo Olufemi latched onto the loose ball and rounded the keeper to score.
Boro' fought on and after a good run, Jordan Watson sent in a tricky cross which was diverted into the net as Gabriel Akuwudike and a Hillingdon defender challenged together for the ball.
O'Vell, who will have Paul Surridge as his assistant, began life at the helm with three points after a 2-1 victory at Oxhey Jets last Saturday, with goals from Dean Williams and Chris Doyle.