Eastleigh caretaker manager Chris Todd has expressed a clear desire to keep his position as manager of the club on a long term basis, stating that he wants to give something back to the club.
Todd was handed the reins after a tough run of results saw Richard Hill depart last month, and he has had a positive impact on the dressing room since the start of his tenure.
Previously Hill’s assistant, Todd is taking his first steps into full time management – and having been a player for the Hampshire side before stepping into the dugout, there is a clear association between the Welshman and the National League side.
A 2-3 win at Wrexham in his first game in charge was followed by a disappointing 0-2 defeat to Braintree at the Silverlake Stadium, but club captain Ben Strevens believes that Todd is the right man for the job.
“There is certainly a better feel about the place. We are hoping that he gets it, we are already calling him gaffer.
“We understand that there are interviews, but it sounds like there will be an appointment made in the next few days.
“We are all fully behind him, if I’m honest we were surprised that the previous manager left.”
A list of over 80 applicants responded to the managerial position being listed on the club website the day after the club’s 2-5 defeat to Dover – and although the list has been whittled down to just eight, Todd feels as though he has the skills to realise Eastleigh’s ambition and fend off competition from former Football League managers.
He said: “When I was younger I always thought I would be a better manager than I was a player, and if that is the case I will hopefully have a successful career in management.
“I feel that I could definitely progress through the leagues and I believe I can do that with Eastleigh.”
Words: Dan Brown