THURLOW NUNN: Cornard United name former Little Oakley assistant Dave Childs as their new manager
Former Little Oakley assistant manager and Braintree Town Reserves manager Dave Childs has been named as Cornard United's new boss.
The Thurlow Nunn League First Division North club had been led by joint player-bosses Michael Schofield and Matt Grove since sacking Liam Aves in September.
But ahead of their Suffolk Senior Cup final earlier this month, the pair announced they were to step down from the roles to solely concentrate on playing again.
Both have said they would like to stay on at the club but would wait to see if they are wanted by the new manager.
Childs joined First Division South club Little Oakley as first-team coach last April under manager Sean Tynan.
Dave has a history of being a good reserve manager or first team assistant but feels it is high time that he tested himself as a first team manager - Harvey Doherty, Cornard United chairman
Little Oakley had a change in management during the season with former Brantham Athletic boss Matt Carmichael taking up the reins in November, with the Acorns ending up finishing seventh.
Childs finished the campaign in charge of Oakley's divisional rivals Braintree Town Reserves, who ended the campaign in 15th after just one defeat (five draws) in their last nine matches.
Cornard chairman Harvey Doherty told the Free Press: "Dave has a history of being a good reserve manager or first team assistant but feels it is high time that he tested himself as a first team manager.
"Dave prides himself on good man management and structure within his team.
"He believes in building from within the club via the club's youth teams.
"Dave will be speaking with the current squad this week as we hope to retain the squad that got us to the Suffolk Senior Cup final last season."
He added Childs is set to name the rest of his coaching team soon, along with a date for pre-season training and a list of pre-season friendly games.