Simon Redhead reappointed as Redditch United manager

Redditch chairman Chris Swan and new manager Simon Redhead

Redditch United chairman Chris Swan has reappointed former boss Simon Redhead and Asa Charlton as the club's new management team at Valley Stadium.

Redhead is confident that he can assemble a squad capable of challenging for the Southern Premier League play-offs next season.

"Clearly we would like to get a good start to make sure that we achieve that," Redhead told BBC Sport.

"The hard work starts now getting the right sort of people."

He told BBC Hereford & Worcester: "We'll be getting people who have achieved things in the game. But we will be getting some players with a proven track record at this level and possibly a level higher.

"We need to talk to the existing squad first of all as there are a number of them who are very good players who we would like to retain."

Redhead was previously in charge during Redditch's final ill-fated season in Blue Square Bet North in 2010-11.

The club was then facing enormous financial problems and Redhead's playing budget was cut to zero over the closing stages of the season.

Valley Stadium chairman Swan accepts some fans will only associate Redhead with the darkest days in the club's recent history, but feels that it is wrong to judge the manager in that way.

"I don't think it's a gamble," he said. "I interviewed extensively before taking the decision to appoint Simon.

"I must have interviewed about 12 different managers and management teams, many from our league.

"It became clear to me that Simon's passion and his experience and the way he fits into the culture of the club is right for Redditch United."

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