Allen hoping to lead Ferring revival

Steve Allen wants to be the man to lead a Ferring Football Club revival next season.

Action from Ferring's clash at Rustington earlier this season. Picture by Derek Martin DM16148932
Action from Ferring's clash at Rustington earlier this season. Picture by Derek Martin DM16148932

A torrid Southern Combination League Division 2 campaign came to an end on Saturday with a 7-0 home defeat at the hands of Roffey.

From the 28 league games played over the course of the season, Ferring failed to collect a single point, conceding 300 times, while netting just 14 goals.

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Despite such a difficult campaign, Allen felt positive signs were on show in their final few games.

The Ferring boss, who took over in September, wants to lead Ferring once again next season whatever division they find themselves in.

He said: “I’m going to have a chat with Deane Culver (Ferring chairman) at some stage but I want to remain at the club.

“It’s been such a challenge this season and I want to rebuild and lead a much more positive season next year.

“I’ve got plans in place, with a shake-up planned should Deane decide I’m the right man to stay in charge.

“I’m unsure as to what division we could find ourselves in but whatever league we are in, I want to stay in charge.”

Adam Wicking hit a hat-trick for Roffey on Saturday, while Benjamin Brooker, Gavin Fowler, Jack Munday and David Fowler also netted to send Ferring to a 7-0 defeat in their final game of the season.

Conditions were quite foggy at The Glebelands for the clash but Allen admitted everyone associated with the club just wanted the season to be over.

He added: “It was a little foggy but we just wanted to get the game on.

“I think in the final few weeks everyone wanted the season to come to a finish. We’ve got a chance to regroup now, I’m looking to keep a few players but other than that things will be quite different if I’m placed in charge once again next season.”

Ferring boss Allen added most clubs were surprised when they turned up to play matches and said: “We kept going right through to the end and still turned out to fulfill our fixtures. Every team in the league were really complimentary, which was nice to hear week-in, week-out.”

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