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News Archive > Sport > Boss optimistic as Godolphin close in on pre-season

Boss optimistic as Godolphin close in on pre-season

By Tom Howe 14th June 2017

Boss optimistic as Godolphin close in on pre-season
SILLY SEASON: Danny Carne (pictured) and Jared Sims have left to join Porthleven while Connor Jamison has swapped Newquay for the G

NEWLY-appointed Godolphin Atlantic manager Kevin Richards says there is an air of ‘optimism’ going into the newest era for the club.

With a long and illustrious career in the sport behind him, Richards was chosen to replace outgoing player-manager Jamie Lowry who left at the end of last season to focus on a return to the professional game following successful knee surgery.

He has already passed his first test as new boss, moving quickly to fill the gap left by UEFA B licensed coach Martin Pennington who, due to work commitments, has had to step back from the coaching role he was due to take up under Richards’ leadership.

Coming in is former Elburton Villa and Plymstock United boss Simon Westlake who struck an accord with Richards from the offset with his ambition and coaching skills.

Richards said: “Martin, who was going to be with us at the beginning of the season, has had to drop away.  Simon Westlake, who a lot of people might know, a former manager and coach up at Plymstock, is coming in to join us.

“I had a positive meeting with him and he is absolutely buzzing to get involved. Hopefully he has got a couple of players in his mind that he would like to bring to the club as well. At the minute we are very optimistic and positive.

“I’m happy where we are. Replacing Martin was a big must for us so to get the phone call from Simon was brilliant, to speak with him and realise his ambitions are exactly the same as mine. He manages football clubs the same as I do and coaches the same as I do.

“Hopefully it will be a really good fit and I think the players will enjoy the pre-season, tough as it will be.”

Godolphin’s evolving squad is starting to take shape with now only seven days to go before the start of pre-season training. The response from the majority of last season’s squad has been ‘positive’ but some have already confirmed their departures.  

Heading for the exit are striker Jared Sims and winger Danny Carne who have joined former Newquay manager Alan Carey at Porthleven.

Defender Ben Williams has left for Mousehole with Newquay’s Connor Jamison, Godolphin’s only current confirmed signing, coming in to fill the void.

Richards admitted he had ‘five or six players’ in the pipeline but wouldn’t give any clues until they had signed on the dotted line, not wanting to tip off their rivals in what is already one of the busiest transfer windows in memory.

He continued: “We are quite happy, the talks are going quite well. We have lost a couple of players but that happens at every club, every season and we just have to move on from that. The response I have had from all the players that I have spoken to at the club is really positive, they are really looking forward to the different challenge, a different voice, to a different direction that we are hoping to bring in.

“I don’t like saying anything about players until we have names on paper. Full credit to Alan Carey, he has signed all these players already, but we have to wait until the 21st and get players committed then. We know there will be five or six players that are going to be joining us.

“We start training next Wednesday, the 21st, and our first friendly is on July 11. We are hoping to get a few good sessions in before that and then we can work up until August 16 when we start in the league. The friendlies we have organised, as far as we are concerned, are games for the management to have a look at the players in different positions and see who fits that position best. No places are guaranteed anymore as far as we are concerned. It is a clean slate and everybody comes in with the same ambition. We will treat each player on merit.

“It will be interesting to see where we are and what levels we are at. There are some nice friendlies in there against some good footballing sides that are quite happy to come and play.”

Pre-Season Friendlies: Exeter Under-18s Tuesday, July 11 (Home), Wendron United Tuesday, July 18 (Home), Perranporth Saturday, July 22 (Away), Mousehole Saturday, July 29 (Home), Larkhall Athletic Sunday, August 6 (Home)

By Tom Howe 14th June 2017

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