NEW FAIRFIELD Villa boss Wayne Davis is eager to make his mark at the club after making the step-up from Sunday league football.
Davis, who has been manager of Bromsgrove League Premier Division side VBG Fairfield for eight years and been involved with the club for 19 years, has made the gigantic leap to take over the reigns of the Midland League Division Two outfit.
After former managers Paul Oakes and Lee Shaw announced in April they would be stepping down from their position at the end of the season, Davis was appointed as Vlla’s new first team manager with immediate affect after a board meeting on Monday night.
Following his appointment, Davis told the Standard he’s looking forward to the challenge of taking control of a Saturday side.
“Fairfield’s chairman Paul Wilkes approached me a while ago and I was a bit sceptical about taking the position as it’s hard to give up on a successful Sunday league side,” he said.
“However, you’ve got to move on and I thought joining Fairfield was a no-brainer and hopefully some success will come to the club.
“It’s going to be a lot harder and a whole lot different to what I’m used to as the games are more competitive.
“Despite this, I know alot of the players already at the club and I’ll be bringing over the lads from the Sunday team so I’m confident we can turn Fairfield’s fortunes around.”
Villa have had a turbulent campaign this year, with the long-serving pair of Oakes and Shaw having to deal with a string of injuries and player unavailability.
The duo ended their campaign with a 0-0 draw at Barnt Green Spartak on Saturday and could end the season in the bottom two should Feckenham salvage a positive result tomorrow (Thursday) night.
With a poor season finally coming to an end, Oakes, who now takes up the position of vice-chairman, was pleased to see Davis appointed.
“Wayne has a wealth of experience running a very successful Sunday team in the Bromsgrove League and his trophy haul is second to none,” he said.
“It was difficult to step away after 11 years here at Fairfield but I wish Wayne all the best and we will give him all the support he needs.
“Myself and Lee Shaw send our thanks to Mark Cosgrove, Charlie Harris, Kevin Nind and George Leaver for all the support they have given us during our time with Fairfield.”