Dan Kingston is relishing the challenge ahead as Buckingham Town’s new manager following the resignation of Phil Simons.
The 33-year-old former Deanshanger Athletic boss says he is excited about working for a club with a proud history of football and will put all his efforts into lifting Town out of the doldrums.
Buckingham are 10 points adrift at the bottom of the UCL Division One and have struggled to win games all season.
They have around a dozen games left to play in the league, with an outside chance of some silverware if they can turn round a 1-0 deficit against Cogenhoe in the second leg semi-final of the Buckingham Charity Cup. Last week’s home tie was postponed due to a rain-soaked Ford Meadow.
Kingston, whose football career has been almost exclusively in the North Bucks League as a manager and player, said: “Football is a massive passion in my life and I’m really excited about the challenge ahead at Ford Meadow.
“I’ve inherited a great squad of young players which Phil Simons built up. We’ve trained together and I’ve spoken to them about the task facing us and had a positive response.
“I want to keep the young players together. I will probably add a few older more experienced players to the squad once I’ve had time to assess strengths and weaknesses.
“The players I will look to sign in the short term will be in my opinion the pick of the best players available in the North Bucks Premier Division. My main objective from day one is to attempt to eat into the 10-point deficit we face between us and second from bottom by galvanising the players and getting them to play without fear among other things.”
He was disappointed to see his first game in charge against Northampton Sileby Rangers last weekend fall victim to the weather, but he is hoping this Saturday’s home fixture against Wootton Blue Cross goes ahead, weather permitting, kick-off 3pm at Ford Meadow.
He said: “I’m desperate to get the game on and start off with a win against Wootton.
“I want the players to believe in themselves and go out and play for their shirts.”
Although he has been ‘talking to various people,’ he says he doesn’t plan to appoint a full management team until the summer. Kingston became boss of Deanshanger Athletic, who play in the North Bucks Premier Division, in 2006. Before he played for Wicken Sports as a striker. Other teams he turned out for include Roade FC and Rushden & Diamonds U18.
Away from football, Kingston works in electrical wholesaling and is married with three young children.