Garry Wilson hailed Lewes as a club with ‘huge potential’ as he prepared to take over the reins at the Dripping Pan.
The former Eastbourne Borough boss was installed as manager last Friday lunchtime, with his former boss at Eastbourne Town, Danny Bloor, brought in as his assistant at Mountfield Road.
Wilson was briefly Bloor’s assistant at the Saffrons as Bloor guided Town to their highest ever place in the Ryman League last season.
Wilson said: “We’re delighted to be here.
“It’s a club that’s got huge potential.
“They’re starting the rebuilding process after some glory years here.
“It’s a big job ahead for us though, but it’s one we’ve got loads of enthusiasm for and one that we’re really looking forward to.
“There was quite a process that we had to go through.
“The amount of applicants the club had shows you what a prestigious job it is in the county.
“We managed to squeeze through it and get put to the front, and we’re really proud of that fact.
“We got told last Friday, early Friday morning that we had the position.
Speaking about his early relationship with the club directors, he said: “We’ve still got to really know them well.
“(But) It seems to me they’ve got a great infrastructure off the pitch, they’ve all got different jobs and different roles to do – and I think that’s needed at a non league football club, and it’s one of the reasons why we’ve come in here with a strong team as well.
“For all the jobs that go on in a non league football club, I think it’s got to be shared around.
“It’s like that off the pitch and we’re going to make it like that on the pitch.
“But they’re a really enthusiastic bunch and look as though they’re hard working.
“They come up with some great ideas; they were telling me some of the things that they are hoping to achieve, in the short term and the long term, which is fantastic and hopefully they will all come to fruition.”
Speaking just as he was about to meet some of the Lewes players for the first time since being unveiled as manager, Wilson said he would have an open door policy regarding everyone’s future at the club.
“Between Danny and I we both have managed some of the existing players that are here. We have watched matches obviously in the last season – last two seasons – at this football club.
“And we know the players; we don’t know them all personally, but this is a good opportunity tonight, to have an open forum with them and then sit down with them individually and see what aspirations they’ve got.
“But the door’s open to them all and I’m not shutting the door on anyone.”
Pictured: Danny Bloor (left) and Garry Wilson with their new club colours. Pic: Peter Cripps. L1324066