Swans unveil new boss
New Walton & Hersham boss John Crumplin reckons he can make his mark at Stompond Lane - but has warned Swans fans not to expect overnight success.
The former Brighton & Hove Albion star was unveiled this week as Walton manager, ending a period of uncertainty after caretaker boss Matt Elverson stood aside at the end of last season.
And the 42-year-old, who enjoyed managerial success at Sussex League side Ringmer and most recently at Redhill, is relishing the challenge.
Crumplin said: “I needed a club with the ambitions to match mine and Walton & Hersham tick all the boxes.
“I played football at the highest level I could, now I want to manage at the highest level I can.
“Walton & Hersham have a lot of history and a lot of potential.
“But there is no rush - the first task will be to steady the ship and then move forward from there.”
The Swans endured a turbulent campaign in Ryman Division One South last season, topping the table in September before falling away dramatically, leading to the departure of former boss Jimmy Bolton.
And Crumplin is well aware where his priorities lie.
He added: “The first thing will be to bring in some experienced players.
“There is a very good young squad there but we need some experienced heads and I will be bringing in some of my players as soon as I can.
“We will be starting pre-season early to give us the best possible opportunity to gel and I hope everything will be in place come August.”
Crumplin will be assisted by Redhill cohort and former Kingstonian manager Stuart McIntyre and the ex-Brighton man is confident he has a managerial dream team in place.
Crumplin added: “Stuart is a tremendous coach - he has vast experience and know-how.
“In fact I would say he is by far the best coach I have ever worked with.
“I feel the two of us together can do a tremendous job for Walton & Hersham.
“Long-term my ambition is to manage in the football league and this is a great opportunity to make a name for myself.”