LOCAL FOOTBALL: Chatteris Town hand Alex Kaufman a first managerial post in senior football

Alex Kaufman (third right) is the new Chatteris Town manager.

Alex Kaufman (third right) is the new Chatteris Town manager. - Credit: Archant

Cambs League club Chatteris Town have announced the appointment of Alex Kaufman as their new manager.

The 29-year-old, UEFA B qualified coach, replaces Lea Jordan at the struggling Kershaw Premier Division outfit, having previously held coaching roles at Southend, Histon, Cambridge United and Watford.

Kaufman, who is Norwich City FC’s Regional Development Programme Manager for Cambridgeshire, inherits a team sitting bottom of the table and without a win since October.

He will take charge when Chatteris host Fulbourn Institute at West Street this Saturday and is looking forward to his first management role in senior football.

“It is a great opportunity for me at a club that has got huge potential,” Kaufman said. “Chatteris is my first management role in senior football, all the work I have done so far has been with lads up to Under 19s level, and I think now is the time for me to make the step into the adult game.

“I have worked with some really good young players as a coach and am starting to see some of them come into the adult game, so it seemed liked the right time to make the jump.

“This isn’t a short-term thing for me and I want Chatteris to be a place where people want to come and play their football.”

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Sean McKay has been in caretaker charge of the Lilies in recent weeks and Kaufman is looking forward to working with McKay to introduce a more positive style of play.

Kaufman added: “I have spoken with Sean and he is going to lead training this week, so I get a chance to meet everyone and have a look at the squad. It is a clean slate for all of them.

“We have spoken a lot already about what we want to achieve and I am really pleased with how much we agree on.

“We need to introduce a more positive style of play and that is something we want to try and implement as soon as possible.

“If we can give everyone a lift and get the confidence back then I think we will start to climb up the table.”

Kaufman becomes the club’s third manager of the season after Ash Tayor and Jordan.