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Diss Town's new manager Michael King excited to get started

The size of the job is not lost on him, but Michael King is relishing the prospect of managing Diss Town.

The 36-year-old has taken over at Brewers Green Lane after a couple of years in charge of Waveney, whom he guided to the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division summit and the Mummery Cup final before Covid-19 ground 2019/20 to a halt.

Stepping up into the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North is uncharted territory for King, who also had a spell as boss of Corton.

Michael King (left)
Michael King (left)

Expectation levels and the scrutiny will be raised asDiss prepare to enter a sixth straight season as a Step 6 outfit, but after asking himself some challenging questions, he feels ready to make the jump.

“Without trying to sound cheesey, this is Diss Town Football Club,” said King, who will be assisted by Andy Hammersley.

“It is a proper football club that has played at Wembley and won Norfolk Senior Cups.

“They should be playing in the division above at a minimum and looking from the outside, the last few years have not been as successful as anyone at the club wanted.

“You do have a few self doubts. Is this too big? The demands of Thurlow Nunn League football and the expectations at Diss, this is a different ball game.

“I’ve asked myself if I am cut out for it because this is a step out of the comfort zone, but that is when you can get the best out of yourself.

“We have an inner belief in the way we do things and I am confident a lot of those methods will work in the Thurlow Nunn League.

Michael King (37682749)
Michael King (37682749)

“The thought of being the management team that propels the club back to where it was is exciting. We will work hard and hopefully be able to turn things around.”

As is always the case at this time of year, rumours are currently rife – particularly on social media – with regards to player movements.

King has never operated at higher than Step 7 and is well aware his appointment may have resulted in questions as to his ability to recruit the necessary quality.

However, he is confident that he possesses the knowledge to get the right players on board.

“Of the players that played for Diss last season, I will have seen them all play at some stage,” added King, who was Waveney assistant in 2016 when they defeated a Haughley United side managed by ex-Diss boss Jason King in the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup at Portman Road.

“I’ve got a real passion for the local non-league game and between myself and a couple of contacts, there are not many players we won’t know.

“I’ve only just got the job so it is a bit early, but we will be contacting potential signings soon.

“We will also be speaking to the players from last season as well to see what their plans are.”

FOOTBALL - Waveney FC v Haughley United FC..Pictured:. (37682691)
FOOTBALL - Waveney FC v Haughley United FC..Pictured:. (37682691)

Of course, the date of King’s first encounter as Diss manager is currently unknown due to Covid-19.

While on the one hand the uncertainty is frustrating, the extended break will at least allow the new man more time to implement his plans.

“It could make the transition a little easier,” he added. “We have got a bit more time to get ourselves up and running.

“We can make our calls, get our preparation right and get some good training done.

“You read a lot of the rumours on social media about players and the truth is right now we do not know how many players we need. If it turns out we need a few, then this gives us the time to get itdone.”

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