By Brian Jeeves
AMBITIOUS Essex Senior League outfit, Basildon United, have appointed Marc Harrison as their new manager.
Harrison, who lead the Bees’ local rivals, Basildon Town, to a ProKit UK Essex Olympian League and cup double, links up with the Gardiners Close club along with his assistant, Liam Wallace.
Speaking to Yellow Sport about his move, Harrison said: "Reflecting back to Basildon Town, it has been a successful season there which has built this opportunity.
"We feel that we gave that club a lot of energy. Moving on, as a step up we feel that if we can offer the same into the environment, we can definitely offer the same here. We can give it a little bit of energy, a lot of positivity, get the players in and work them hard and give it another go.
Harrison agreed that Basildon is a good catchment area and perhaps should be staging a higher level of football: "Definitely, it’s a massive catchment area, he continued. "Everybody believes that Basildon United is a sleeping giant in the footballing community. We want to get the players in, we want to give everything for Basildon. We want this place to be loved and the people to come through the turnstiles to see what we are about.
"If we can give the supporters positive energy, hopefully, that will spread through the town and we will get noticed."
Harrison confessed that he, and assistant Wallace, had done their homework on the Essex Senior League, adding: "Liam and I have spent a lot of time looking at games in the Essex Senior League. We feel that we will have to adapt the same way we played at Basildon Town.
"The ESL is as a senior non-league status nad we’ve already got a plan in our mind of how we want to tackle it. We believe we have an idea of how to really compete at this level."
And the new Bees chief wasn’t hanging around, adding: "The preparation starts immediately. I’ve got meetings with six players today who haven’t played for us before. We have got to sell ourselves and the club to them. If we can get them in it will be brilliant for us, they are talented footballers.
"We are already working on the pre-season plan. It all starts in late July, we need to be fit and ready for that."
Assistant boss Wallace also believed it was a big step forward "Yes, massively. It’s a big step for us, he said. "Going forward it is where we want to be. We’ve given ourselves a plan to push on and get this club where it wants to be.
"It’s a big club, a great area. It’s massive for us."