Stewart steps up to take over the reins at Lonsdale Meadow
New Oakham United boss Stewart Lambie is aiming to rebuild the reputation of the Rutland club after being appointed at the Lonsdale Meadow helm.
Lambie is the sixth manager in just 12 months to take over the reins at the Peterborough League Premier Division outfit.
He follows in the footsteps of Will Moody, Kai Brownhill, Joe Featherstone, Ryan Hunnings and Jimmy Brattan who stepped down just three weeks after his appointment last month and has this week been appointed assistant boss at Netherton United.
Lambie put together an 18-man squad for their opening pre-season friendly on Tuesday night which ended in a 1-0 victory against United Counties League Division One side Holwell Sports courtesy of a Corey Taylor goal.
Fourteen of those players were from the Rutland area and he believes restoring the club’s name will be crucial in the season ahead.
Lambie said: “The club was struggling and I felt that I had to step forward and really give it a go.
“It’s always something that I wanted to do and, although the current position probably needs a more experienced manager, I am looking forward to the challenge.
“I had a lot of local lads in the squad on Tuesday night and that’s the sort of commitment that I will be looking for.
“It’s going to be a hard season and it’s probably fortunate that we’ve been relegated back to the Peterborough League, but the aim is to rebuild the club.
“It’s an exciting challenge, but I’m pleased with the way that it’s going so far because we’re getting a squad together that will be able to compete.
“I’m 100 per cent committed to the role and I won’t be walking away unless there is nothing more I can do.
“We want to work hard throughout the season, get some stability back at the club and then we should be in position to push on again the season after.
“If we can start to pick up a few results that will help get a few people back on board and hopefully rebuild our reputation again.”
Lambie is aiming to continue to play for Oakham during the coming campaign so is therefore on the look-out for an assistant or coach to help him.
The club has also organised pre-season games with Peterborough Northern Star on Saturday, at home to Uppingham on Tuesday, July 24, before hosting Spalding United Under 21s on Wednesday, August 1.
They will start their Peterborough League Premier Division campaign with a tough test against reigning champions Netherton on Saturday, August 4.