Steve Nebbett eyes up the good times for Bracknell TownBy Lewis Rudd
May 31, 2012
Steve Nebbett has said it is an “honour” to be tasked with bringing the good times back to Bracknell Town after being appointed joint manager alongside friend and fellow Larges Lane favourite Danny Oliphant.
The pair were earlier this week named as successors to Steve McClurg and Andy Keen, who have been handed new roles following a reshuffle at the Hellenic Premier Division club.
And while it remains unknown which league the Robins will be playing in next season amid close season arrivals and departures within the Hellenic set-up, Nebbett and Oliphant have already begun plotting the route to success.
The pair were heavily involved in one the club's more successful era, which included a run in the FA cup that saw the side reach the Third Round in 2000, where they were beaten by then Football League club Lincoln City.
Nebbett, who was suspended for that particular game, has said the two are to use such experiences as they look to return the club to a level both they and the town feel they belong.
He said: “It’s great to be back. Me and Danny are really honoured to be back at a massive club and we are pleased the club has given us the opportunity.
“This is exciting times for the club, we can tell that by the response we have had since taking the job, as since then we have had nothing but people coming up to us and saying ‘good luck boys’, it is great that two local boys have got the job.
“That is what we want. We want to bring people back to the club and take it to where it belongs.
“We want to get the club back into Zamaretto League (which used to be known as the Southern League – we need to get the club back into the Zamaretto League.
“It is going to be hard work, but we want this job for at least five years. We are looking to recruit a lot of the old boys and some younger players too. We cannot recruit anyone at the minute but there has been a lot of interest, but at the same time I would not like to show my hand.
Nebbett, who has been playing for neighbours Binfield for the past few years, explained how the pair were approached by the club last week with regards to the job.
He also revealed how Oliphant showed an interest in the job mid-way through last season, when the club was deep in the middle of a relegation battle which they eventually lost.
However, they could be handed a reprieve for the second time in three seasons.
“This club has had two relegations in three seasons. Danny obviously played for the club when it was in the Ryman League, and it has been breaking his heart to see the way it has been going in recent years.
“I didn’t think much about it but he sent over his CV midway through last season. He has been courting the job for a while and asked me if I wanted to work with him. I'm not getting any younger so I jumped at the opportunity.”
The new manager also added how Bob Langridge, who will stay on as assistant manager, has had assurances the club's prized assets, such as Ben Knight, Chris Adams, Sam Barrett and Tom Nugent have all expressed their wishes to stay with the club next season.