New Truro City player-manager Steve Tully says he can’t wait to get started in the job after a “whirlwind 24 hours” following the sacking of Steve Massey yesterday.
The 34-year-old former Exeter City and Torquay United defender, who joined Truro back in October, accepted the position until the end of the season in the early hours of last night after being approached by City chairman Pete Masters.
“I think I got off the phone from the chairman at about 1am,” he said.
“I was disappointed to see Steve go. You don’t like to see anyone lose their job and I am grateful to him for bringing me to the club.”
Tully though said he did not have to think long about accepting the job until the end of the season.
He said: “Since leaving the professional game its is something I wanted to do. I have been doing my coaching badges and applied for the Weymouth job where they said I was in the top three.
“I am really looking forward to the challenge. We have ten games and 30 points to play for and one of my big things has always been to finish a season strongly so you can take that momentum into the next season.”
City are currently 19th in the Calor League premier division table, despite what having chairman Masters said was enjoying a playing budget as big as that of league leaders Hemel Hempstead Town.
Tully added: “We should be looking to finish mid table. It is a massive club.”
His first game in charge could not be a lot tougher, with City in action at promotion-chasing Poole Town on Saturday.
The Dorset side are unbeaten at home in the league this season.
Tully will meet the players for the first time in his new role, on the coach to the game when he will tell the squad what he expects of them.
“The message will be let’s finish the season strongly with a bang not a whimper. We are all in it together, but I am not afraid to make the big decisions. It is a great game to start with. We can go there and just play our football.
“I am not a bawler and shouter on the touchline, but I am very enthusiastic.”
Tully himself will not be playing after his ankle swelled up following two games in three days against St Neots and Redditch, with Les Afful also out with a hamstring problem and Joe Broad rated no more than 50/50.
Tully has named UEFA B coach Chad Gribble of Exeter City as his assistant.