CALOR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Action man Adrian wants Robins to fly
AMBITIOUS Adrian Foster is looking up the leagues, rather than down, after being appointed Frome Town’s new manager on Monday morning.
The Robins parted ways with Brian O’Donnell last weekend and moved quickly to recruit 42-year-old former West Bromwich Albion and Torquay United striker Foster from Toolstation League Premier Division outfit Gillingham Town.
Foster had been in charge of Gillingham for six years, with the Dorset outfit recently shelving plans to plans to apply to join the Calor League for the 2014-15 season, and says that the chance to take charge of Frome was too good to turn down.
“It all came a bit out of the blue. I got a call from the chairman (Jeremy Alderman) on Saturday night, ended up speaking to them on Sunday and that was it,” said Foster, who lives in Yeovil and has also featured for Hereford United, Forest Green Rovers and Bath City during his playing career.
“I had a good playing career and I want to manage at the highest level possible.
“I remember looking at Frome job back when it was advertised (in October) and thinking ‘that might be a good opportunity’ and the chairman also told me that the club had thought about me before that but didn’t think I would leave Gillingham.
“When I first joined Gillingham, we were in the Dorset Premier League and I took them up to the Toolstation League Premier Division.
“Now I’m getting the chance to manage two leagues higher and I want to try and do the same thing at Frome. I’m looking at getting to the Conference and I’d love to be a full-time manager one day.
“The team has conceded too many goals so that’s something that we’re going to work on improving from back to front – it’s exactly what we did at Gillingham.
“I don’t see the point in going in to games to try and get a point. I want to go out there to try and win every game.”
Foster was due to lead his new side into a local derby at Chippenham Town for his first assignment as Frome boss yesterday.
Chairman Alderman admits that he never expected to have to sack O’Donnell and hire a third manager of the season but is excited by Foster’s potential.
“Unfortunately, there were a few issues with Brian that I don’t want to go too much in to but it all came to a head last week,” Alderman told the Wiltshire Times.
“Obviosuly, you don’t really expect to be hiring managers so often but if things aren’t going right, we’re not scared to change things.
“Adrian is someone we’ve had our eye on for a long time and I just feel that you’ve got to give people a chance.
“We’ve got in a young and ambitious manager and it is halfway through the season but I think that he’s got enough time to make sure that we stay up now. We’re feeling positive and we’re concentrating on the future.”
Late last week, Frome confirmed the signing of defedner Kris Miller, who had a spell at Badgers Hill during the 2011-2012 season, from Calor League Division One South & West outfit Bridgwater Town.
The Robins have also signed young winger Jack Whitcombe from Frome Town Sports, who play in the Mid Somerset League.
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