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News Archive > Sport > New Godolphin boss targets the top

New Godolphin boss targets the top

By Tom Howe 31st May 2017

New Godolphin boss targets the top
BIG TIME: Godolphin Atlantic, who reached four cup finals in two seasons, are targeting a return to the top end of the South West Peninsula League table

GODOLPHIN Atlantic FC are targeting an attack on the top of the South West Peninsula League after appointing former Porthleven boss Kevin Richards as first team manager.

A surprise name to some fans, Richards will replace Jamie Lowry who stepped down with immediate effect at the end of the 2016-17 season, and will lead Godolphin into their first ever FA Vase campaign. He will be assisted by UEFA B licensed coach Martin Pennington and Dave Leonard.

Described as experienced, knowledgable and ambitious by Godolphin director of football Derek Martin, Richards has enjoyed a trophy-laden near 40-year association, both as a player and manager, of home town club Porthleven.

After a spell at RNAS Culdrose, Richards led Mullion to the Combination League title in 2015 before returning to Port, catching the eye by guiding the West Division side to a 4-1 Cornwall Senior Cup win over Premier League outfit Godolphin last season.

Renowned for his work with young and flourishing teams, Richards said: “We had a good chat with Nigel Semmens and Derek Martin. I like what I heard and the way that they run the club. We want to be able to carry that on and add a few twists to it ourselves if we possibly can.

“The youth set-up is one of the big reasons that we took the job. That is massively important to running a football club. You have got to ensure that the best youth around the local area are coming to you.

“Wherever you go there is going to be a rivalry. I’m sure it came as a bit of a shock to Newquay with the rise that Godolphin have had. They will be challenging to put that right but we are not going to let them do that. At the minute, Godolphin are top dogs and we are going to make sure they stay there. It is up to Newquay to pass us, not for us to drop down to their level.

“The club is set up to only go one way and that is forwards. We are going to jump at the chance and really relish it. As long as the players buy into what we are trying to do then they will enjoy it. We want to be fit and to compete with teams for 90 minutes, not just for 70-75.

“We want to be pushing at the top end of the table. That is where Godolphin should be and we will do everything we can to get the team playing the right way and challenging at the top. We will come in with a three-year plan and see where we are at the end of three seasons.

“There will be three or four new faces to try and give everyone a lift, a challenge and hopefully the fire that probably went out for them in the second half of last season, we can get that going again.

“We would like to thank Derek for giving us the opportunity to come into such a fantastic club. We know how far this club has come but it doesn’t end here. We want to be a part of carrying that on and improving it if we possibly can. We will do everything we can to take it to another level.”

Martin said: “We are delighted to announce that Kevin Richards has been appointed to the position of first team manager of Godolphin Atlantic FC. Kevin recently relinquished the manager’s post at Porthleven and comes with a successful managerial background, knowledge and enthusiasm.

“We would like to welcome the guys to the club and look forward to watching their progress in getting our first team back on course to push back towards the top end of the division after a difficult season.

“Kevin will bring experience, knowledge and ambition and likes his teams to play the game the right way. He has taken up the challenge of getting us back on track despite the considerable budget restraints at the club.”

Outgoing Lowry, who made over 130 Football League appearances during injury hit spells at Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle, had signalled his intent to focus on a return to the professional game following successful knee surgery in December 2016.

Russ Milsom, who transitioned from the pitch to the dugout alongside former teammate Lowry, also leaves after the pair led Godolphin to a 13th place finish in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division during their sole season in charge.

Martin said: “We would like to thank Jamie for all his hard work with the club over the past three seasons as a player, head of youth development and more recently our first team manager. We all wish Jamie the very best of luck in his endeavors to get back into the professional ranks.

“Thanks also go to Russell Milsom who steps down from his position as assistant manager.”
The players will get a first chance to meet their new management team when training begins

on Tuesday, June 20, ahead of the team’s first pre-season friendly against Exeter City Under-18s on Tuesday, July 11.

By Tom Howe 31st May 2017

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