Storrington name management duo

A NEW management team is in place at Storrington Football Club with James Baker stepping up from the reserve side to run the first-team with Nigel Dyer.

Baker, 29, was boss at Lancing United in the West Sussex League for six seasons, when he was also the assistant manager of the West Sussex League representative team, before he joined Swans as reserve team boss for the campaign just finished.

He guided them to a fourth-placed finish in County League Reserves Section West Division and has now been appointed joint first-team boss with Dyer after Ricky Hamilton quit the club at the end of the season.

Baker is hoping for a top-five finish next season in County League Division 2 and said: “I feel that if we can keep the majority of the squad together and bring in a couple of new signings, then we can get into the top five.

“That will be our aim and I think it’s achievable.

“I’ve spoken to the majority of this season’s squad and the bulk of them have said they’ll be staying. We finished eighth last season, so I don’t think it needs a whole squad of new players to make us compete. Hopefully, the addition of a couple of new players will propel us into the top five or six.”