NEW Evesham United manager Neil Hunt has expressed his delight at the warm welcome received following his appointment as permanent Robins boss.
Hunt had taken the reins on a temporary basis following the departure of Carl Abbott by mutual consent in early March.
The Southern League Division One South campaign may have been declared null and void – ending United’s outside chances of securing promotion via the play-offs – but Hunt is eager to get going when football is able to resume, whenever that may be.
He said: “Thank you for all your positive comments and messages of support after my appointment by the Evesham United committee.
“Being a local Evesham lad who has followed the club since the 80s, I am very proud to be in this position to take the club forward.
“We are hoping to keep many of the players from last season and use them as a solid base to build upon.
“My intentions are to develop this by continuing what we’ve started with the youth set-up. We plan to introduce a reserve/development side to bridge the gap between the under 18s and first team.
“Hopefully local players will see the possibility of progressing through the Evesham ranks from an early age.
“At a time when we’re all concerned with the health of friends and family, I hope this gives our community something positive to look forward to.”
Hunt will also oversee all aspects of football from the U18s upwards at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.
After being put in temporary charge, Hunt is yet to oversee a first team game due to the suspension of football.
Hunt was previously head of youth football and was manager of Evesham’s U18s. He has managed Pershore Town, Stourport Swifts and Malvern Town.