NEW Bedfont Town boss Garry Haylock has promised not to dismantle a team which has lost only one game out of eight since the departure of previous manager Kevin Cooper.
Haylock last week took over from caretaker manager Jon-Barrie Bates, under whom Bedfont had won six games out of eight to climb out of the Southern League Central drop zone.
Having managed higher up the non-league pyramid at Hayes & Yeading and Farnborough, Haylock is confident he can persuade players used to playing at a higher level to drop down.
However, having been present at many of the games during that run, Haylock is keen keep as much as the current side together as possible too.
He said: “I saw the team play four times before I took over, and obviously they have been doing something right under Jon-Barrie Bates, so there is a role for him at the club if he wants it.
“There will be players available to me that I have managed before, and I have already had several conversations, but I have had a a good look at the players already here, and you would be a fool to dismantle a side who have won six games out of eight.
“But some players respond differently to different managers, and I will see over the next few weeks if any want to leave and vice versa. The only one I know already is Davis Haule, who I had for a short while at Yeading.”
Having got the Hayes & Yeading job when his Yeading side merged with Hayes, Haylock took the new club into the top tier of non-league football before leaving for Farnborough last summer, who he left in October.
The former Huddersfield Town striker is now ready for a new challenge, and sees Bedfont, who just seven years ago were playing county level football, as the perfect project.
He said: “If you had said 12 months ago when I was in the Conference that I would drop down three levels, I would have said you were an idiot.
“But I know what (chairman) Doug White's plans for the club are, and they look like a club who are on the up. There are a lot of similarities to Yeading, where you could see exactly why they had something like 15 promotions in 25 years.
“I was disillusioned at Farnborough. I was brought in for a long term project and got a squad together in just four weeks. It was a three-year project, and I was just three months into it.
“The Hayes & Yeading project was an exciting one, but it didnt pan out due to the economic circumstances there. But Bedfont has no history, so we will be making new territory.
“It's strange to get training facilities as good as we have at this level, and a club's success is based on how well they can train. I could not believe there was a full size grass pitch next door.”