Former Oakham boss is new manager at Uppingham Town
Newly-appointed boss Ryan Hunnings believes the chance to take the helm at Peterborough League club Uppingham Town is the right time and right place for his return to management.
The former Oakham United manager has taken over as first team boss of the Premier Division new boys following Paul O’Berg’s decision to step down after leading Uppingham to promotion and a cup double last season.
Hunnings played for Uppingham’s reserve side last season after taking time out from management following spells with Langtoft United and Huntingdon Town.
But he insists the chance to take charge at Tods Piece, alongside assistant Martin Owers, was an offer he couldn’t reject.
Hunnings said: “It’s a great opportunity.
"The club is going from strength-to-strength and it was chance that I couldn't turn down.
"I had a couple of games with the first team last season so I know the lads and we are starting off in a healthy position.
"I live in Uppingham, my house even overlooks the ground, so it's the right time and right place for me.”
Uppingham return to twice-weekly pre-season training on Wednesday night in preparation for their return to the Premier Division.
They finished in second spot last season behind champions Parson Drove to secure a return to the top flight after a two-year absence.
And Hunnings is hoping his side can continue to flourish after a terrific campaign last season which saw them also win the Leicestershire Intermediate and Peterborough Challenge cups.
He added: “It's a progression job, not a rebuilding one.
"We know the Premier Division is going to be very competitive this season, but it's where Uppingham Town should be.
"We're all looking forward to the challenge. Pre-season will be really tough because we will have targets that we want to hit.
"We want pre-season to be really challenging and to set the standards.
"We want to get a strong start and push ourselves as hard as possible.”