New Oakham United manager Wayne Oldaker has outlined his ambition to help take the club to new heights in years to come.
The 37-year-old wants the club to be playing in the United Counties League in the next two or three years and to develop a junior section.
First up he has to find a way to secure survival in the Peterborough League Premier Division.
Oakham suffered an outflux of players over the summer and started the season badly, conceding nine unanswered goals in two league matches. They were also beaten 7-1 in a cup game.
The Rutland side face King’s Lynn Town Reserves tomorrow. Lynn are second in the league and doing well.
Oldaker admits they need to “stop the rot” quickly and although he wants to bring in new players, that’s not necessarily easy.
“We do need to bring in fresh players and new faces, but it is difficult at this stage of the season when players are already attached to clubs.”
He added: “The brief from the club is to sort out the first team, but I want the club to move forward and I have a longer term goal over the next two to three years to get us into the UCL.
“Most clubs concentrate on the first team, but I want the first team to do well, and the reserves team to do well.
“I want to push the club forward and hope the players will buy into that.”
Oldaker is already talking about his hopes of setting up junior teams and winning over the rugby-playing Rutlanders to choose football for their children.
He said he was hoping to help create a local, family football club.
Of the challenge, Oldaker said: “I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’m a very stubborn character and won’t give up on this. I’m here for the long haul.”
Oakham have had a two week break in the Peterborough League and Oldaker only took his first training session on Saturday after a family holiday.
Although he does want a few new faces he is also keen to retain local players as he says they are vital to a club’s success - particulary in tough times.
He said he wanted players who wanted to play for their club.
Oldaker is a former coach with United Counties League sides Deeping Rangers, Blackstones and more recently Peterborough Northern Star.
He replaced joint managers Andy Saddington, now chairman, and Pat Johnson at the Oakham helm.
Oakham are at home to King’s Lynn Reserves on Saturday at Catmose College, kick off 2pm.