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New manager Harrop believes Stanway Rovers have massive potential
10:22am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
NEW Stanway Rovers boss Angelo Harrop believes he is inheriting a team with “massive potential”.
The former Colchester United youth-teamer has been appointed first-team player-manager at The Hawthorns.
It is his first managerial role and he replaces Barry Lakin, who was sacked following Rovers' Essex Senior Cup defeat against Barking.
And after taking the reins at his former club, Harrop – once a former promising Manchester United youngster – believes he is joining an outfit with the potential to become one of the big guns in the Thurlow Nunn League.
“I’m really excited by this opportunity,” said the ex-Rushden and Diamonds, AFC Sudbury, Leiston and Needham Market midfielder, who will be assisted by Danny Slatter.
“I believe I’m joining a club with massive potential and I wouldn’t have taken the job if that wasn’t the case.
“The aim this season will be to establish ourselves and make sure we’re competitive, to mould the squad and build team spirit.
“Then next year I really expect us to push on and finish as high as possible.
“With the squad we’ve already got, and a couple of additions, we can definitely become one of the strongest teams in our league.”
Harrop, who is Norwich City’s head scout for East Essex, hopes to bring in an experienced, senior figure as part of his management team, to assist him and Slatter.
He will take charge for the first time in Saturday’s derby at neighbours Brightlingsea Regent, which is kicking-off at 6pm as part of the Thurlow Nunn League’s Essex Groundhopper Day.
Harrop is the son of highly-regarded former U’s youth-team coach Geoff Harrop, who is now head of youth at Torquay United.
In a statement on their website, Stanway placed on record their thanks to secretary Michael Pulford and Slatter, for taking the reins in a caretaker capacity since Lakin’s dismissal.
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