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New manager Steve Eastaugh hoping to push Diss Town back into Thurlow Nunn League First Division North promotion contention

New manager Steve Eastaugh is hoping to steer Diss Town back towards to the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North promotion places.

The former Norwich United boss has taken over at Brewers Green Lane – initially until the end of the season – from Jon Abbott, who stepped down earlier this month after a year in charge.

He inherits a squad that has previously spent a number of weeks within the four promotion places, only for a recent downturn in results to leave them 11 points adrift.

Steve Eastaugh
Steve Eastaugh

However, with games in hand over the majority of sides above them, Eastaugh is targeting a late push.

“This is a good opportunity for me. It feels like the right time personally and Diss is a club I have a lot of affection for,” said Eastaugh, who has been out of management since leaving Norwich United in the summer of 2018.

“The previous management have done a good job, especially when you look at the players they got in.

“It has been a difficult month or so in terms of results, but I think that injuries have not helped the situation.

“The club still wants to go up – that is the aim. To stand any chance we are going to need to put a very good run of results together.

“It is not like we have just three games left and we need to win all of them. There are plenty of points left to play for, and the main thing is we focus on the things that we can control.

“We cannot control what the other teams are doing.

“It is down to me to make sure we are organised and find a way to pick up as many points as possible. If we can get close to the top four then we have done remarkably well.”

While Eastaugh is not ruling out remaining with Diss beyond the end of the current campaign, he is also not looking too far into the future.

As such, there are no plans in place to overhaul the squad, with Eastaugh happy to work with the players that are already in situ.

“We will assess the group of players and work out how we want to play from there,” said Eastaugh.

“The season only has a couple of months or so to go which means we will not be bringing a lot in. We will work with what is there because the squad is good.

“We will see how it goes and I am sure there will be conversations behind the scenes. Staying longer than the summer has to be right for both sides.

“It depends on a lot of things – what league the club is in, what players are available, the budget – there are a lot of variables.”

Eastaugh, who is to be assisted by Martin Meek, will take charge of Diss for the first time tomorrow when third-placed Downham Town will be the visitors (3pm).

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