Andy Hessenthaler has given the managerial role at Dover Athletic.
The ex-Barnet powerhouse, whose signing ultimatley saved Barnet from relegation in the 05/06 season, and also contributed last season, was released days before the last game of the season. Now he has been given the job of taking the Ryman First Division South side to the Football League, says Chairman Jim Parmenter.
‘He is without doubt a big name in the game – and we’re a very ambitious club,’ he told the Dover Athletic FC website.
‘We have challenged Andy to get this club promoted up the divisions. We want to reach the Football League one day – that’s always been Dover Athletic’s ultimate ambition. What an achievement that would be if Andy can take us all the way.
He admitted ‘Getting Andy to manage our side is a big coup.’ ‘Hessy’ was a successful player-manager at Gillingham before joining the Bees, and will continue in that role for Dover. He said his priority is to get a committed, hardworking squad together for next season.
The newly appointed boss said, ‘It is a part time football club, but when they (the players) come in…they’ve got to work hard. Come Saturday, they’ve got to die for the football club, they’ve got to give 100%.’
He also said that he would be registered as a player for next season, too, and he hoped he could also contribute on the pitch as well as in the other roles he has taken on, which include helping to restructure the club.
‘I played 25-30 games last year for Barnet in the second division so I’m capable, and that’s why it’s important to get somebody alongside me that, if I’m out there, is somebody I trust and knows what he’s doing. I believe I can give a lot to the team on the pitch as well.’
We wish this true Football League legend, Andy Hessenthaler, all the best in his new job at Dover Athletic.