Kev in to rebuild at Eyemouth Utd after a year out of league

New Eyemouth United manager Kev Wright is making good progress in his continued preparations for the club’s return to the East of Scotland League next season.

Thursday, 21st May 2020, 11:25 am
Eyemouth (in light blue) in action at Tynecastle in 2018-19 (archive picture by Neil Hanna)

After a campaign on the sidelines with non-playing membership to rebuild their squad, Eyemouth will return to action – whenever the current coronavirus sabbatical allows it – as one of 10 fresh teams joining the set-up.

Kev (37), who is originally from Berwick, is back having helped out former player/ manager Ross Aitchison during Eyemouth’s last spell in the league, also assisting with the club’s over-35s team.

He told the Berwickshire News: “I always kept in touch with some of the guys at Eyemouth and, when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it with both feet.

“One of the problems of coming back after a break is that there are no players to re-sign.

“We’re starting afresh and, at the moment, we’ve signed seven or eight players, just a mix of guys from the local area and the Edinburgh area.

“We’re getting a lot of feedback. I’ve got 30-plus guys saying they’re going to come down to pre-season. Some have East of Scotland experience.

“A lot of the guys I haven’t met and, with the coronavirus, I haven’t had a chance to get out and speak to them properly.

“Obviously, once we get a look at them, we can assess the side then.”

Although the structure of the new East of Scotland League set-up was unconfirmed at time of going to press, Kev said he assumed Eyemouth would be in Conference B, the third tier.

Having been bottom of the table at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, Kev has been tasked with getting Eyemouth higher up the table in season 2020-21.

He said: “Fingers crossed that, next season, I can get people committed to the club and then trying to work on fitness, getting players willing to give it their all at a good pace.

“I’d like to think we can be a more attacking side.

“In the past, it’s been a bit too defensive, so I’d like to play a bit of free flowing football and get the guys committed to winning games rather than just stop losing.

“Eyemouth’s not really had the greatest of times over the last few years.

“The whole development of the club is excellent with its junior squads. There is a massive gaping hole at senior level.

“At the minute, a lot of youngsters fall by the wayside and don’t keep playing football. So I think one of the main aims is to have somewhere for the youngsters to step up and hopefully stay.”