New Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham stepping into unknown

Teddy Sheringham is presented with the new 2015/2016 club shirt

Teddy Sheringham is presented with the new 2015/2016 club shirt - Credit: Archant

Teddy Sheringham admitted he is stepping into the unknown as he was named the new Stevenage manager.

The former England international has landed his first manager’s job after a distinguished playing career that saw him also play for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

The 49-year-old said: “I’m walking into the unknown, the chairman knows that as well.

“We’ve had a good talk over the last couple of days, I know he’s taking a chance, he’s taking a gamble on me, I want to fulfil that optimism that he shows in me and I want to do well next season.

“[I want the club] to do better than last season, I know that’s a big aim right this minute, but that should be the aim of the football club, whichever football club you’re working for, then that’s progress.”

Sheringham revealed what chairman Phil Wallace has told him about his role.

He said: “He’s telling me I can be my own man and I’m pleased to hear that he’s going to back me.

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“He’s told me about the training ground and how impressive that is, I’ve not actually been there yet, he told me what a lovely club it is, a lot of people have told me what a lovely club it is as well, and to say that I’m an excited is an understatement, I’m really looking forward to next season.”

Of assembling his backroom staff and team he added: “It’s all got to be done quite quickly, I’d like to get things sorted out very quickly with my backroom staff and as well with players.

“As quick as the players can come in we’ll all get to get to know each other very quickly, I don’t really want that to be going on into late pre-season, everybody needs to know how I feel and need to know how I want to perform as a team, I need to get to know my new players, the ones that are already here and it’s a big learning process so the quicker we can all come together on that front the better.”

The uncertain future of West Ham boss Sam Allardyce at Upton Park, speeded up Sheringham’s path into management.

After a year working as The Hammers’ attacking coach, he added: “First and foremost I’d like to say a big thank you to Sam Allardyce for bringing me in.

“Again it was a gamble from his point of view, unknown, but he wanted me to come in, he’d seen the experience I’d had over the years and he wanted me to come in and help and hopefully I did that in some capacity.

“He’s been very open and you just can’t buy that experience so I’ll be forever grateful to Sam for the year I had last year.

“I have asked [him] for advice, he’s given me a little bit and I’ve taken that on board.

“If Sam had been told four months ago that he was staying in the job, he probably would have tried to sort his backroom staff out.

“If he’d have asked me four months ago I probably would have said yes I’d love to stay again next year, but the longer the season has gone on and the uncertainly at West Ham has left things very open.

“Then this chance has come about and it felt right, the same way it felt right to join West Ham last year, it feels right for me to be doing this this year.”