NEW Bromsgrove Sporting boss Brendan Kelly says he feels no pressure in taking over from Paul Smith and is confident he can guide the club to Midland League Premier Division glory.
Smith quit his position with immediate effect following a meeting with the board of directors, just five days after he revealed he would be standing down at the end of the season.
Assistant manager Kelly was instantly promoted to first-team manager.
Although the former Studley boss’ managerial record at Sporting speaks for itself, with just 13 league defeats in three-and-a-half years and a win ratio of 78.1 per cent, Kelly insists there is no weight on his shoulders.
And Kelly is relishing the challenge of taking Sporting – currently three points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand on second-placed Coleshill Town – back to the level where Bromsgrove Rovers were when they folded.
“I am not one for letting the pressure get to me so, no, I don’t feel any pressure in taking over from Smudge,” said the ex-Alvechurch, Redditch United and Sutton Coldfield central defender.
“I believe I played my part, as assistant manager, in last season’s unbeaten league run so I don’t feel pressure in any way.
“Admittedly I am nervous but that’s a good thing because it was my ambition to become a No.1.
“You always get nerves when doing something new but I am confident I can continue on from where Paul left this club and secure back-to-back promotions.”
Kelly’s first game in charge on Tuesday night ended in victory as Sporting ran out 4-0 winners over Boldmere St Michaels at the Victoria Ground.
Up next is Saturday’s visit of Coventry United who will be looking to avenge the 1-0 defeat in September.
Kelly will be without midfielders Robbie Bunn (Littleton), Liam Holt (Sporting Khalsa) and Ahmed Ali (Halesowen Town) who have all departed ‘for various reasons’.
With a huge hole in the centre of the park, Kelly has acted fast to bring former Rousler Luke Dugmore back to the club from Studley and further additions are on the cards.
“With how things happened so quickly I was not sure where the heads of the players were,” added Kelly.
“It was clearly a difficult decision for some to leave but I have no qualms with that.
“I have kept the majority of the squad which gives us a great platform to build from.
“The players are fully focused on winning the league after what has been a horrible situation for them to go through.”