Carlsberg South West Peninsula League
Published 10th July 2011
....Mid-Devon outfit are putting things in place in order to secure promotion to the Toolstation Western League within three years.
Pears was appointed alongside existing boss Peter Buckingham last month and he has been busy attracting new players to Speeds Meadow since. Cully have also seen a new chairman take charge this summer, in the shape of ex-Ottery St Mary head Brian Barnden.
Under Barnden's stewardship, Pears believes Rangers have the backing to achieve their aims of moving into the Western League Premier Division, alongside local rivals Willand Rovers.
The former Exeter City player has also been encouraged by the club's move to appoint a new second team manager – Andy Rollasson – who will assist current boss Andy Rawlings. Former reserves joint-boss Matthew Scott will adopt a player-coach role this season.
Pears is hoping that the first and second teams will work closely this season to establish a more cohesive club atmosphere.
The completion of Rangers' newly redone clubhouse and changing rooms has been another boost for the Mid Devon outfit, according to Pears.
And he is confident that the changes on and off the pitch will help him and Buckingham lead Cully to their best Peninsula League Premier Division finish yet this season.
"We're trying to do new things," said Pears. "It's what the club needs.
"We need to go forward and this is a three-year project to get into the Western League.
"We want to be playing Willand Rovers and testing ourselves in that environment.
"The changing rooms have been re-done and we have the right people in place. The club is moving in the right direction."
Most recently Pears has snapped up Liam Jones, Raiff Gwinnett and Lewis Coombes as he looks to help build the squad alongside Buckingham.
That trio is added to the five players Cully have already brought in this summer, while Pears and Buckingham have managed to keep hold of the lion's share of last term's squad.
"Pete and I are developing a really good squad now," added Pears. "We're both really looking forward for the season to start.
"We have got triallists coming in for pre-season training and we should have things finalised fairly early on.
"This club has a lot of potential and it's good to be here when it feels like we're really starting something. It's an exciting time for Cullompton."