Burgess Hill Town's new head coach 'will not be happy with just safety'

Simon Wormull. Picture by Chris Neal
Simon Wormull. Picture by Chris Neal

Burgess Hill Town’s new head coach has said he will ‘not be happy with just safety’ as he targets a top-half finish.

Simon Wormull was appointed the club’s new head coach last Thursday and has set his ambitions high for the team. The Hillians are currently bottom of the Bostik Premier table, but the league is so tight Wormull believes a couple of wins can turn things around.

He said: “My personal ambition is that I would like us to finish top half. When you look at the league at the moment it’s a very open league.

“If you can string two or three wins together you are looking to get up to maybe 12th, 13th position and then from there it’s up to you where you want to take it. I think we have shown enough in the past five or six games, we are not scared of anyone now.

“I wouldn’t be happy with just safety. I have told the chairman that – I am not happy with just staying up I want us to kick on and lay good foundations for next year and the year after.”

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The former Crawley Town and Lewes player was delighted to be given the job. He took over, along with John Rattle, as caretaker boss when Ian Chapman left the role. But he sees nothing really changing now.

“I am really pleased. Obviously from taking over from when Chappers wanted to have a break, we took over for what ended up being eight or nine games, it was kind of a weird situation.

“You put everything into it for those eight or nine games and the only thing that really changes is the permanent part of it. Nothing really changed on Saturday. We are still a working progress but it’s a great opportunity at a great club and I really want to do well with them.”

“I took a year out last year because I am doing my sports coaching degree. Chappers phoned me and asked me what I was up to and I said nothing. He said ‘do you want to come and coach?’ and I said ‘I would love to, it’s the right time now’ and it came from that really.

“I really enjoyed that time and obviously from there everyone knows what happened with Chappers. It has given me an opportunity that I am really happy to take.”

Wormull’s first game in charge ended in defeat to Kingstonian last Saturday.