New Hatfield Town boss Jason Beck believes club are at 'a turning point' in their history
PUBLISHED: 13:46 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:46 29 November 2018
New Hatfield Town manager has issued a warning to the rest of the Spartan South Midlands League - watch us fly.
The club have been in the doldrums for the past few seasons and are currently adrift at the bottom of the Division One table.
But they have got big plans for the future and chairman Chris Maloney and Beck himself are extremely determined to put the Blue Boys back on the football map of Hertfordshire.
The new boss said: “This is a turning point. This is where things will start happening.
“We’re quietly confident that we can do well.
“We are rock bottom but with the players I am bringing in and have brought in already, I’m pretty confident in the next five or six games we can pick up nine or so points and give everybody above us a scare.
“But first off, we need to get out of the relegation places and when we get to the start of next season, we can do it again and do it properly.”
Beck, who is a Hatfield boy himself, comes with plenty of experience as a player but this is his first job in the managerial hotseat.
He has wasted little time though in assembling a squad, with seven players coming in on his first day, and he is looking forward to getting his teeth into the role.
“I’m excited. I’ve just got to keep my so-called temper under control,” he laughed.
“I can’t be getting involved. I’m the main man now so I have to set an example.
“It was the right thing for me to do. Now I’ve stopped playing I was ready to go into management.
“I will be signed on but whether I play or not is a different story.
“But I’m excited. It’s going to be good.”
He has already had plenty of advice from his former managers like Ryan Thompson and Steve Heath and has used his contacts to “pull in loads of favours”.
The club have led a nomadic existence in recent times which has seen them move from the Gosling Stadium in WGC to their current temporary home at London Colney’s Cotlandswick ground.
But the news of the past seven days, coupled with the promise of a move back to the town, has caught the imagination of fans with Beck saying social media “has gone mad” since his appointment was announced.
And he wants to use the example of the Blue Boys’ near neighbours as a blueprint for Hatfield.
He said: “I spoke to Adam Fisher [manager of Welwyn Garden City]. He’s a Welwyn boy and he’s done what he has done with them.
“That’s what I want to do here. I want to get us up there.”