An ambition realised for caretaker boss Darren Sarll to lead Stevenage

Stevenage caretaker manager Darren Sarll

Stevenage caretaker manager Darren Sarll - Credit: Archant

Stevenage caretaker manager Darren Sarll cannot wait to lead ‘his club’ for the first time from the dugout on Saturday.

Sarll, a former Boro player, head of youth and most recently head first-team coach, was appointed as temporary boss on Monday after the departure of previous manager Teddy Sheringham following just six wins from 29 games this season.

While not revelling in the circumstances which have led him to take the role, he plans to make the most of his opportunity and bring a smile back to supporters after a testing season so far.

“This is my club and it has always been a real ambition for me to lead the football club,” he said during his first press conference in charge.

“The first couple of days have been absolutely manic, just chaos, but now Thursday’s session is over, it’s been a really good couple of days.


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“I’ve no idea [how long I have the job for], it’s really not important to me, it could be tomorrow, a year, next month, next week, I don’t care he [chairman Phil Wallace] said ‘go and lead it for the time being and we’ll work from there’, I’m more than happy with it.”

Former Luton Town and Dagenham & Redbridge coach Terry Harris has been working with Sarll at the Bragbury End training ground this week preparing the side for the visit of Crawley Town on Saturday.

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“Terry’s been an unbelievable help with the years of experience that he has got,” said Sarll.

“He has got tough skin, he has got that little bit of edge over me with that, he’s been great with me this week.

“He has supported me and at times encouraged me to do a little bit more and go a little bit further.”

As well as Harris, Sarll is keen to use the experience of Stevenage senior professionals Ronnie Henry and Chris Day.

“Ronnie’s [role] is a real unofficial one,” said Sarll.

“He’s a massive influence in the dressing room he’s a big character, a colleague, a friend and a good player.

“These senior players can get the message across in such a way that I can’t so I need them and their influence to help me imbed my strategy and philosophy.

“With the managers he’s played under, especially Graham, he knows what a Stevenage player looks like, there’s only so many people in that dressing room now that know what a Stevenage player looks like and that tradition was born out of the Graham Westley way.

“He [Henry] is a massive aid to me.

“I have been wanting to elevate Chris for a while and get him into my coaching team, it is something I have always thought about,” he added.

“He has got unbelievable experience, a great detail and knowledge base of goalkeeping and he should be imparting that on other people.

“He can do both he can play and be our goalkeeper coach.”

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