New Holbeach United boss Darren Jarvis is “excited” ahead of his first game in charge at free-scoring Thurnby Nirvana tonight.
Jarvis and number two Tom Roberts take charge of the Tigers after seeing their new side lose their UCL KO Cup quarter-final to Potton United at Carter’s Park on Saturday.
They were at Peterborough Northern Star together before Jarvis was surprisingly sacked last month, with the club seventh in the UCL Premier Division and in two cup semi-finals.
Jarvis said: “There are only a small number of clubs I would have been happy to come back to manage in UCL football and, for me, Holbeach is a great opportunity.
“It’s something I’m very excited about and fully committed to because Holbeach is a proper club, with a proper fan base and structure.
“I think I’ll get the full support of the club whereas, at Peterborough Northern Star, that was probably lacking a bit.”
Jarvis, who also previously managed Blackstones, will be relying on Roberts’ knowledge of South Holland football, gained in his role as boss of Pinchbeck United Sunday who have reached three cup finals this season.
“I’m pleased to have Tom alongside me because, as well as being a qualified coach, we get on extremely well,” added Jarvis.
“But just as important are his contacts within the South Holland area.
“Tom knows all of the local lads and he’ll be crucial in that respect because, moving forward, I want us competing in the top five (of the UCL) with local players.”
Jarvis didn’t rule out prizing away some talent from his former club in Peterborough, including defender Jonny Clay, but he did predict a bright future for Tigers’ teenage striker Jordan Keeble.
“Jordan has had a great education in football and, chances are, anyone with his sort of backgrounds is going to be half-decent,” Jarvis said.
“I’ve been told by many, many people that Jordan is going to be a top, top player and it’s a no-brainer to keep him involved here.”