After two seasons away from the game Herridge, who guided St John to the Division II title in 2001, takes over from Paul O’Hara.Jersey football’s newest club has had a poor start to their first season and currently sit joint bottom of Division II without a point from three games.However, O’Hara is confident Herridge’s experience and past success will stand them is good stead for a respectable position at the end of the campaign.’We needed someone with a bit of experience to take over,’ said O’Hara.
‘Peter is keen, experienced and he’s had success, which is what the club needs.
We’ve got the players to be up near the top four.’Herridge said he was approached on Sunday to fill the role and he jumped at the chance to get back into coaching.’I’m really looking forward to it and it should be a challenge,’ he said.
‘It’s a chance to run a team that’s full of young, keen lads.
Hopefully we can get them on to winning ways.’All the players there are reasonable footballers.
Quite a few have been involved with first division teams and they know what it’s all about.’It’s just a case of getting the machine well oiled and getting them fitter and working as a unit.
I’ve watched them play and in the last ten to 20 minutes you can see they’re getting a bit tired.’I did my first training session last night and there’s a good vibe.’O’Hara outlined the reasons for him stepping down: ‘Basically the last few weeks I’ve been trying to get back playing after a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season and it was just too much doing both.’We set up the club with a group of friends and it was getting to the stage where it might start affecting friendships.’I’m still going to have an input and I’m still president of the club but in terms of the final decision it will be down to Peter.’Meanwhile, it’s been ten days since Steve Coutanche departed and St Peter are still without a new full-time manager.
Between them Tim Houghton and Keith Le Cornu have taken care of the first team but both have ruled themselves out of a permanent role.Club president Tommy du Feu said: ‘I would hope it’s not too far away but that’s all I can say.
In racing terms, the field is narrowing.’Grouville C team manager Paul Boyd has been relieved of his duties by the club.
Boyd took charge for two games, winning against Beeches and losing to champions Wanderers.