New manager Jon Abbott hoping to be the man to turn things around at Thurlow Nunn League First Division North side Diss Town
While he has warned that there is no quick fix, new Diss Town boss Jon Abbott is hoping he is the man to deliver some of the good times back to Brewers Green Lane.
Abbott, who had been in charge of Scole United since 2017, was confirmed as Jason Cook’s replacement on Tuesday, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Ipswich Wanderers (3pm).
It is a club Abbott knows well, having spent three full seasons there as a player, as well as previously being the head of the youth section.
Such a connection means heis acutely aware of the problems the Tangerines have endured in recent years.
Once a club that famously won the FA Vase in the 1990s and battled towards the top end of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, they have spent eight of the last 12 seasons at Step 6.
Indeed, Abbott has inherited a team currently languishing fourth from bottom in the First Division North, just two points above what could be the relegation zone, depending on how many clubs wish to be promoted from Step 7.
Moving away from trouble is Abbott’s major aim between now and the end of the campaign, but looking further ahead he is keen to get Diss challenging at the sort of level they were once accustomed to – though patience will be required.
“Diss is a massive club in the area and it has the potential to be very big in Norfolk,” said Abbott, who at the age of 28 is thought to be the club’s youngest ever manager.
“I could not turn this opportunity down. Diss are my local club, I played for them and I know a lot of people there.
“We are keen to get things right, but there is no quick fix. Diss have been in the First Division for a little while now and it is not all of a sudden going to turn into a big Premier Division club.
“Lewis (Plowman, assistant) and I are confident we can get them to where they should be in time, but more immediately we need to get away from the bottom, finish the season strongly and start to paint Diss in a positive picture.”
Abbott was also keen to praise his former club Scole for the role they played in helping him to land the Diss job.
United gave him his first job in management 18 months ago and under his stewardship they finished the 2017/18 Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Division One season in third, earning promotion in the process.
“It was a really difficult decision – more difficult than what some people probably think,” he added.
“Scole took a chance on me by giving me my first job when not many sides would have looked at me. I cannot say a negative word about Scole. Without them I would not be in the position I am now.”