Bradley Quinton succeeded George Borg as Enfield Town’s new manager and began his reign with a 3-0 win at Hendon on Saturday and says there is “an opportunity to achieve some good things” at the club.
The 35-year-old had been Borg’s assistant at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium before the former Braintree Town manager left the Towners by mutual consent last Tuesday.
Quinton was immediately placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs before being appointed as the club’s new first-team manager on Friday afternoon – an opportunity he took with “both hands”.
Reflecting on his appointment, Quinton said: “As soon as the job was available I spoke to Paul Reed (chairman) and a few of the other board members and took the chance with both hands.
“It was something I was looking to do at the end of the season, following on from George (Borg) and also having had two brief spells in charge of Braintree. The chance and the squad that was available already, I thought there was still an opportunity to achieve some good things at Enfield Town.”
Initially signed on a dual registration from Braintree Town last season, Quinton made 30 appearances for the Towners before making the move permanent in the summer, taking up the role of player-assistant manager to the departed Borg.
Asked if he would play on, Quinton said: “I’m looking to get a number two involved. I’ve got a few people in line and a few people applying for the job and I few personal friends which I know in the game as well, who are looking to come over.
“That’s an ongoing thing, so I will still be playing but at the moment, my sole intention is working together with my players on the training field.”
Having worked alongside Borg, Quinton is adamant the transition from number two to manager will not be difficult.
He explained: “No [it won’t be hard going from player-assistant to manager], not really, because George stepped back in regards of pre-season and training sessions, with his job and having a few things going on.
“They’re a good bunch of lads and they listen and they want to work on things. It was just getting it across in a certain way that I felt I needed to do differently. The Saturday performance and how Thursday was were a good response.”
Saturday’s victory at Earlsmead was just Enfield’s second win of the Ryman Premier Division season and only their second clean sheet in seven matches.
“Thursday was about opening up to them and them doing the same with me,” said Quinton. “But when we turned up Saturday, there were a few things I spoke to them about and they agreed.
“I spoke to every single one of them individually and asked them to do a job on their opponent, whether we lost, drew or won.
“I asked them to just do a better job and be a better player whoever they came up against and, as the game went on, work harder as a team – that’s all I asked from them.
“They all did their job and some of the boys came out with a real great buzz in themselves and their own performance, whereas in the last couple of weeks in certain people’s eyes they’ve gone missing or not wanted to be there.
“Enfield are going to upset a few teams this year; we’re very strong, very powerful and it was a good performance from the boys,” added Quinton.
Clubs in England below the Conference are not bound by the transfer deadline and although Quinton has the chance to add to his squad, he is in no rush to make any personnel changes.
He said: “My phone hasn’t stopped, so I’ve actually got three phones at the minute because the battery on the iPhone is not that good.
“There’s a lot of players that want to come on board and with the contacts I’ve got, there’s players available to come in who are available on loan but I don’t want to do that at the minute because I’m happy with the squad I’ve got.
“I’m leaving it to the boys to show me what they want to do as a group and we’ll go from there.”
Enfield returned to action at home to Tonbridge Angels last night (Tuesday).