New managers named

With the new football campaign only in pre-season mood, the managerial roundabout has already reached top speed at Gorleston and Caister. Both clubs announced new first team managers this week.

With the new football campaign only in pre-season mood, the managerial roundabout has already reached top speed at Gorleston and Caister. Both clubs announced new first team managers this week.

New Gorleston boss Richard Daniels is enjoying the buzz of football management again. He stepped into the Emerald Park hot seat following last week's surprise resignation of Jon White. It represents a rapid promotion for Daniels who recently joined the club as assistant coach.

The former Bungay and Halvergate manager had taken up refereeing before joining the Greens' coaching set up.

He took charge of the first team for Saturday's Sailor Brown Memorial Trophy, where Gorleston reached the final, losing 2-0 to Kirkley & Pakefield.

Daniels, who also played for the club in the early Nineties, did not have to think twice before accepting the job.

He said: “Once the club offered the job to me there was no hesitation in taking it up. Gorleston has always been close to my heart, and now as manager I could not be prouder.

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“It was a shame the way Jon left and he did a very good job at the club.

“I am really buzzing, the Sailor Brown Trophy was tremendous, the boys played well and the commitment was fantastic.

“In the end tiredness cost them in the final, but we were pleased to get there and play our part on a great day.

“My ambitions are to get everybody settled, playing good football and bring the youth through.

“It will take time, but hopefully it will get us back in the Premier Division.”

Daniels guided Bungay to Division Two of the Anglian Combination and achieved two promotions with Halvergate.

Gorleston stalwart Alan Smith joins Daniels as assistant manager.

Kevin Cruickshank has been appointed Caister first-team manager, replacing Ian Green after he resigned.

The former Great Yarmouth Town joint boss said: “I can't wait to get started, meet the players and push Caister onwards and upwards.”

After parting ways with the Bloaters after 23 years' service Cruikshank has been keen to get back into football and sees this as a great opportunity.

With him comes Eden Ruddling as first-team assistant and club coach, also Elaine as physio. All of this on top of Cruikshank's great contacts and experience means exciting times ahead for Caister and expectations have quickly changed amongst players at the club.

Chairman Adam Mason commented: “Morale is again at an all-time high at the club and the players are eager to impress to be part of a squad hoping to push for promotion.”

Caister had their first outing of the season on Saturday in the Sailor Brown Memorial competition at Emerald Park.

Caister replaced Great Yarmouth at late notice and by no means looked out of place against high-quality opposition in Gorleston, Kirkley & Pakefield, Lowestoft and Blofield.

Cruickshank will look to strengthen around a great core of existing experienced players including Nicky Crawley, Danny Crane, Chris Fielding, Lee Bennett all returning to Caister this season and stalwarts Mark Blake and Lee Turner to mount his promotion challenge.

Caister FC have thanked all the teams for their participation in their adult seven-a-side tournament on Sunday which was again hailed a great success.