Diss Town's new joint managers Mark Sutcliffe and Matt Coote hoping to restore brighter days
A new era will get under way at Diss Town on Monday.
The manager’s job has been available since August 21 when Michael King resigned following just over a year in the position.
However, the vacancy has now been filled by the combination of Mark Sutcliffe and Matt Coote, who will begin their duties at Brewers Green Lane from next week.
The duo were in joint charge of Anglian Combination Premier Division side Norwich CEYMS last term, while they have also previously held coaching roles at Mulbarton Wanderers.
For Sutcliffe, he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to restore the Tangerines to a higher level.
“We both applied for the job and maybe felt like we were punching above our weight a bit, but thankfully they liked what they heard and we got the job,” said Sutcliffe, who played for Mulbarton for more than a decade.
“Diss is a huge club locally – everybody knows the club throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.
“The challenge is to make progress. It might not happen this season, but the club wants to get back into the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and that’s what we want as well.
“It’s a massive opportunity and we are fully aware of the expectations at a club like Diss. There’s bound to be scrutiny and criticism along the way, but we’re excited to get going.”
Sutcliffe is also pleased with the squad that he and Coote will inherit.
New signings may be a possibility in the future, but for now the players currently at the club will be given a chance to shine.
“I know Matt and Michael (King) have exchanged messages over the last few months about players and we know the quality of player that is at the club,” he added.
“As time goes on we might bring some new faces in but we don’t need to make lots of changes because Michael got in some great players that are good enough to be challenging.
“There is a lot of depth as well, so everyone will get a chance.”
Conor Nicolle, who was part of King’s coaching staff, will remain in charge of the team for tomorrow’s home clash with Peterborough North End (3pm).
Nicolle will also stay at the club as part of the new management set-up.
“We only got the job on Wednesday so it is only right Conor stays in charge for the weekend,” said Sutcliffe.
“We would not have any time to take training or to get to know the players. It makes sense for us to start on Monday.”