New Bourne Town boss Rafa Mazzarella has only been managing in adult fooball for two years but he has an excellent record.
Having begun in junior football, including five seasons managing the youngsters at Blackstones, Mazzarella has taken to his role in senior football like a duck to water.
In his first campaign with Peterborough Sports he won the Peterborough and District League Division Five title and last season he enjoyed further success in charge of Peterborough Northern Star Reserves.
His side were second in the UCL Reserves Division and also won the Reserves KO Cup.
By his rough estimation, his record in senior football has seen his teams lose just six or seven times in about 70 matches and he can be rightly proud of his managerial career to date.
Several of his PNS Reserves side are set to follow him to the Abbey Lawn and he is hoping for a much-improved campaign from the Wakes after they finished second bottom of the UCL Division One last term.
Thankfully they gained re-election and now Mazzarella believes much better times lie ahead.
He said: “I am buzzing and can’t wait for the season to start.
“I will be happy to finish mid-table. I saw a few games last season and, while they didn’t play very well, they were lacking in confidence and anxious because of the threat of going down.
“I think they will be more relaxed now and, with a few new players coming with me, we should be miles better.
“Aaron Bellairs is a decent keeper and I was impressed with Craig Rook and Joe Searson.
“One thing I was pleased about was the fighting spirit. I liked the way they worked for each other so, if we can use the ball better and improve the movement, we will hopefully have a much better season.
“I don’t know how many players are coming from PNS Reserves. I will have a better idea once pre-season training starts but around ten players have asked about coming with me.
“Everyone starts with a clean slate, though, so there will be no favouritism.
“It would be wrong of me to select players just because they have been with Bourne for years, and equally it would be silly of me to pick people just because they played for me last season.
“I think there was a lack of competition for places last season but I want there to be a smaller gap between the first team and reserves.”
Mazzarella is delighted to have forged a stronger link with Bourne’s junior set-up.
He added: “Because of my background in junior football, I was keen to get that link going again and it’s great that the Under-18s will play at the Abbey Lawn next season.
“I really can’t wait for the season to start. It’s going to be a challenge but I am ambitious and it’s a great opportunity.”