Winstone Can`t Wait to Get Started

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Malmesbury Victoria`s manager-elect, Simon Winstone, is relishing the chance of taking on the reins at the Flying Monk….

….Ground when current boss Mike Hartley moves on from the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West club in the summer.

Hartley is emigrating to Australia at the end of the current campaign and former Stoke City player Winstone has already been appointed as his successor.

And after speaking highly of how Hartley has helped Malmesbury turn the corner in a short space of time, the new gaffer outlined how he hopes to take Vics even further in the very near future.

“They’ve done a really good job, especially with coming in halfway through the season and barely having any players,” he said.

“I want to see if we can get a lot more local lads through the youth teams and into the first team.

“I’ve already thought about two or three lads I’m going to try and bring in.”

Winstone’s most recent experience in management was at the helm of Cirencester & District League outfit Oaksey, but he has enjoyed his fair share of non-League success in the past – notably reaching the FA Vase semi-finals as a player with Mangotsfield United in 1996.

And the 37-year-old can’t wait for 2011/12 to get underway so he can renew interest in the game once more.

“Hopefully we can all be successful here together,” he said. “I’m looking forward to managing at this level.”

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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