ITS BEEN A long 12 months or so but Carl Griffiths was delighted to get another chance in management with Aveley.
Griffiths replaced Alan & Gary Kimble who parted ways with the Mill Field outfit after Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss over tenants Romford in the League Cup.
Since leaving Brentwood Town, the former Leyton Orient striker had been helping out Tony Fenn at Essex Senior League side Barkingside and although he is disappointed to be leaving the Oakside outfit, he felt he couldn’t turn down an opportunity to get back into management.
“Tony (Fenn) and Jimmy Flangan (Barkingside chairman) had been great to get me back involved in football and I owe a lot to them,” said Griffiths.
“But I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to manage again.”
Griffiths brings with him his management team whilst he was at Brentwood, consisting of Scott Canham, Gary Foley, Harry McCullum and Dean Parratt as he immediately sets to work with the aim of getting the Millers off of bottom spot in the Ryman Premier.
“The backroom staff are all I had over at Brentwood Town, and I feel we all had a good relationship with each other and why break it up?”
“They all have experience at this level, especially in Scott (Canham) and Dean (Parratt) and it worked at Brentwood and hoepfully we will do the same here.”
The former Welsh under-21 international believes he has got what it takes to keep the side in the Premier and is keen to give all the current Aveley squad a chance to impress him with two training sessions before Wednesday’s game at Croydon Athletic.
“We have got 27 games left in the season and with that time I am quite confident I can keep the team in the Ryman Premier,” revealed Griffiths.
“Hopefully after we acheive the main goal of staying in this division we can build on it and look forward to greater things.
“The lads currently here will get their chance to show me what they have got in the two training sessions on Saturday and Monday.
“ I am looking forward to the challenge and although I will look to bring a few new players in, it is up to the current players. It’s up to them how many of them want to stay and want to go, but they all have their chance.”
“Every game from now until the end of the season is a cup final, starting with Wednesday.
“They (Croydon Athletic) got a good result on Tuesday over Margate and it just proves every game will be tough.”
Griffiths held talks with club chairman Graham Gennings, secretary Craig Johnson and vice president Alan Suttling and was impressed with the trio.
“I had a lovely meeting with all three of them,” said Griffiths.
“The chairman sold me the club and what they are all about and I hope I am successful here.
“Rod (Stringer) done a great job while he was here with great passion and hunger and they couldn’t have had a greater manager and I will look to do the same.
“I feel sorry for Alan (Kimble), he is a great friend of mine and that’s what made it even harder for me but after I was approached I couldn’t turn it down.”
A club statement read: “Aveley FC are pleased to announce that Carl Griffiths will be taking charge of 1st team affairs with immediate effect.
“We welcome Carl and Scott, and wish them the very best of luck, and hope they have a long and sucessful period with our club.”