Louth Town: Former Mariners striker Daryl Clare unveiled as new manager
FORMER Grimsby Town striker Daryl Clare is aiming to steer Louth Town to new heights after being unveiled as the club’s new manager.
Clare, who made 100 appearances for the Mariners after joining as a trainee, has taken over at Park Avenue after rejecting offers from a number of clubs to prolong his 16-year playing career.
Clare replaces Paul Walden who stood down at the end of last season after guiding the White Wolves to successive promotions and three cup finals during his time at the club.
The 33-year-old says that he wants to build on that success and take the White Wolves even higher than their current standing in the football pyramid, which is the loftiest in the club’s history.
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Speaking to the Telegraph, Clare, who was part of the Mariners’ 1998 promotion-winning side, said: “Taking the job at Louth is a great opportunity for me.
“I was talking to a few clubs about carrying on as a player, but Louth’s vice chairman rang and asked me if I’d be interested, so I decided to have a look around and I was impressed with what I saw.
“I’d had a few injuries and I think it is fair to say that my best playing days were behind me.
“But if you’re successful, then management can give you a long career after playing so I’m excited to get started with that.
“Louth is a club with fantastic potential, and I think that is sometimes underestimated and undervalued by people.
“My job is now to create a fresh, positive atmosphere here.
“Louth had a good, solid season last time round but we really need to kick on now and progress to the next level.
“The club was only formed in 2007 and they have already had two promotions. But they have been at this level for a couple of years and I want to get them challenging again.
“It is a fresh challenge for both me and the club.”
Clare, who counts Northampton, Cheltenham and Burton among a long list of former clubs, says he will look to use the experience of playing under bosses such as Alan Buckley and Nigel Clough during his first season in football management.
He added: “You always learn from the managers you played under and I feel blessed to have worked with the managers I have done throughout my career.
“As a player going into management, you need take the best of what your former managers did and stamp you own authority on it.
“They all had high expectations of their players and I’m no different.”
Clare, who will be assisted by Carl Forman has already arranged a number of high profile pre-season friendlies for Louth, including a clash against former club Chester City and Sheffield FC, who are managed by former Mariner Curtis Woodhouse.
He added: “I’ve been speaking to a lot of my old clubs and former team-mates, three of whom have promised to bring sides to us in pre-season.
“We are just awaiting the dates now but it is a really exciting time for me and the club, I cannot wait to get started.”
Louth Chairman Eddie Clarke, was delighted to bring Clare to the club.
He said:“Daryl is well respected in football and everyone knows his abilities as a player.
“This is his first role as a manager and we are all backing him 100% to bring that experience, enthusiasm and help take the club to the next level.”