Danny Laws is determined to prove he’s the ‘right man for the job’ after taking the reigns at Ryman League Premier Division outfit Leiston.
Laws was appointed manager of the Victory Road outfit on Saturday, ending a seven-year stint in charge of Needham Market, effectively swapping roles with Mark Morsley, who was due to take charge at Bloomfields as of next season.
He had been set to remain as the Marketmen’s manager until the end of the season before becoming Morsley’s head coach, reuniting the pair who had enjoyed a successful partnership to help take the club into the Ryman League in 2010.
However, after a swift move by the Blues, Laws agreed to make the switch and despite conceding his departure was tinged with sadness, the ‘ideal’ opportunity was something that excited him as he aims to prove his managerial credentials at a higher level.
“Everything happened so quickly, but when I considered the offer it was clear it was the best thing for me and an ideal job for myself,” he said. “I spoke to Mark and the project for next season interested me but inevitably the Leiston offer came in and it was one that excited me.
“ It is a step up for me, but I feel I have a decent CV and the experience in management to be a success.
“I had settled into the mindset of not being a manager next season, but that quickly changed and this move has rekindled my passion again.
“However, the decision was a difficult one. Everyone knows my feelings towards the club, I have so many friends there and the players were a pleasure to work with.
“I remember my first day, first win, league and cup double, there are so many fond memories.
“I’m happy in the sense I’ve left the club in a healthy state, Mark is certainly a lucky man.”
Meanwhile, Morsley, who will now step into the breach earlier than expected, has backed Laws to be a success at his former club.
“He is a very good coach and in my eyes is definitely the right man for the job,” he added. “He has phenomenally-talented group of players and although it will be a challenge I’m sure he will be a success.”
A congested Easter period will see the Marketmen, who were due to face Waltham Abbey yesterday, travel to Soham Town Rangers tomorrow (3pm) before entertaining rivals AFC Sudbury on Monday (3pm).
One player that won’t be in the squad for those encounters is Nathan Clarke after it was confirmed the defender had returned to AFC Sudbury on loan.
“We had a conversation and it was decided it was better if he went elsewhere,” revealed Morsley.
“He is contracted here through to next season so the ball is in his court.
“He wasn’t my signing and if he’s not happy we will let him go.”