DELROY Preddie wants to get the belief back into the Hayes and Yeading dressing room after taking joint charge of the club last week.
United were thumped 7-1 at Staines Town last Thursday night and the result led to the resignation of manager Tony O’Driscoll.
O’Driscoll’s departure, just 39 days after he replaced Nas Bashir, left Preddie (pictured) and Tristan Lewis to take over the reins for a Blue Square South relegation dogfight.
The new duo made the perfect start as a late Kudus Oyenuga goal secured victory over fellow strugglers Tonbridge Angels at the weekend.
Preddie, who kept goal for both Yeading and Hayes & Yeading as a player, believes the mood is already starting to change at Kingfield.
He said: “Tristan and myself came in last week. We didn’t have a lot of time to organise things, but we’ve got the same ideas and beliefs and we’re both winners.
“We needed to make the boys believe. We’d lost our way a bit but we told them to get the ball down, be brave, and play. We’re going to make mistakes but you’ve got to be big enough to dust yourself off and get on with it.
“These boys have got great potential and it’s just that little bit of belief that they need.”
The result against Tonbridge lifted the recent gloom surrounding the club and Preddie has told the players to remember what that win felt like.
He added: “We’ve told them to enjoy that win and remember how it feels.
“We move on to the next one now, it’s another big game, and we need to produce again.”