Steve Tilson's back at Canvey Island

Steve Tilson - back at Canvey Island

Steve Tilson - back at Canvey Island

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STEVE Tilson said his Canvey side will look to play entertaining football following his appointment as their new manager.

The 45-year-old, who famously led Southend to promotion to the Champ-ionship, said his close affinity with Gulls made it a simple decision to return to the non-league side.

“It is only because it is Canvey that I have taken this job,” said Tilson, who play-ed a starring role in Jeff King’s famous 2001 FA Trophy– winning side.

“I absolutely loved my time playing here – I got on well with the fans and we had some great times.

“It is a well-run club and I hope I can now be a part of them doing well.

“This is not a case of me just thinking I’ll be here for a year then I’m gone. I want to try and bring the fun factor back a bit.

“Without a doubt I will be getting my team to try and play football and be entertaining like we were at Southend.

“Obviously we want to win games, but I know the fans want attractive football. And that’s what we’ll try and produce.”

Tilson is Canvey’s third manager in six months and takes over from Glen Alzapiedi, who stood down early last week after falling out with chairman George Frost.

He will bring in ex-Canvey defender Craig Davidson as his assistant and they will assess the current squad before deciding where they need to strengthen. He said it was too early for him to think about who he might pick as captain.

Tilson said his first priority was to work on fitness levels following a disrupted pre-season and to identify players who are totally committed to the Canvey cause.

He said he will work with a “competitive budget” but not one which allowed him to just “throw money” at recruiting new players.

The former midfielder said he had not been set targets by the board for the coming season and that he viewed it as a “long-term project”.

He said: “One of the good things here at Canvey is they do not spend money they have not got.

“So many clubs get in trouble by doing that, but this is well-structured club and I think it’s got to be that way.”

He explained he’ll work closely with director of football John Batch to bring new players to the club.

“Between us we’ll work hard to find the players we need,” he said.

“Obviously I have contacts in the pro game but they have to be the right players with the right attitude.”

Tilson was sacked as manager of Lincoln City in October, and also recently applied for the manager’s position at Gillingham, but it went to Martin Allen.

He will take charge of Canvey for the first time on Tuesday when they travel to his former club Witham Town for a friendly. The Gulls start their pre-season campaign with a trip to Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday.

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1:01pm Thu 12 Jul 12

captain mannering says...

good luck to you Steve!! an absolute legend at Southend
good luck to you Steve!! an absolute legend at Southend captain mannering
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4:53pm Thu 12 Jul 12

jolllyboy says...

Well done Steve you deserve a break.
Well done Steve you deserve a break. jolllyboy
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11:25pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Bilel_Mohsni_Fan says...

Oh dear poor Tilly. I thought it was a backward step when he took over at Lincoln but this really shows how far his stock has fallen. From the Championship a few years ago into the Ryman Premier? He is better than Canvey Island for sure and it makes me want to cry to think he's ended up at their level with a club who might get a few hundred watching them on a good day.

I wish him luck and hope this will be a tepping stone to a far better job someday soon.
Oh dear poor Tilly. I thought it was a backward step when he took over at Lincoln but this really shows how far his stock has fallen. From the Championship a few years ago into the Ryman Premier? He is better than Canvey Island for sure and it makes me want to cry to think he's ended up at their level with a club who might get a few hundred watching them on a good day. I wish him luck and hope this will be a tepping stone to a far better job someday soon. Bilel_Mohsni_Fan
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11:17am Fri 13 Jul 12

SUFC1906 says...

He was unfortunate that he paid the price towards the end of his time at Southend of the financial issues which brought about the relegation from League 1. Lincoln had some problems as well with lack of finances which I don't think he was ever able to overcome. Had he won one game out of the last eleven of his first year at Lincoln & saved them from relegation I believe he would have succeeded at Lincoln the following year. That relegation killed his chances there. Listening to some of his radio interviews he gave at Lincoln he came across as a manager unable to adapt to the economic situation there or change things round during games if Lincoln were behind in the match. Also, apparently he signed some players that were carrying injuries which must have had an effect. I'm sure he will have learned from those experiences & will climb back to succeed again.
He was unfortunate that he paid the price towards the end of his time at Southend of the financial issues which brought about the relegation from League 1. Lincoln had some problems as well with lack of finances which I don't think he was ever able to overcome. Had he won one game out of the last eleven of his first year at Lincoln & saved them from relegation I believe he would have succeeded at Lincoln the following year. That relegation killed his chances there. Listening to some of his radio interviews he gave at Lincoln he came across as a manager unable to adapt to the economic situation there or change things round during games if Lincoln were behind in the match. Also, apparently he signed some players that were carrying injuries which must have had an effect. I'm sure he will have learned from those experiences & will climb back to succeed again. SUFC1906
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