Rutherford: I could be with City for a day, a week... or a decade

Chichester City boss Miles Rutherford
Chichester City boss Miles Rutherford

Miles Rutherford plans to put everything he has into Chichester City after being appointed as manager following the departure of Daren Pearce.

Pearce was relieved of his duties a week ago, and former Moneyfields boss Rutherford oversaw the 1-1 draw away to Shoreham on Saturday.

Chairman Brent Williams is delighted to bring in Rutherford and said he sacked Pearce after a poor run of results and a lack of nessecary signings.

Rutherford joins City on the back of a 12-year spell with Wessex League side Moneyfields. He quit the Portsmouth-based club earlier this month as he felt he could not take them any further.

Rutherford told the Observer: “I received the phone call from Chichester after I had stopped working with Moneyfields. I had done everything I could and they needed an injection of something else.

“My time here at Chichester could last a week, it could be a year or even ten years – I will stick at it until I have taken Chichester as far as I can take the club.

“We have to get the behind-the-scenes things right first. We need to sort out that part of it – there is no point in having a team to win the league if the club cannot go up.

“The chairman has told me that he wants to get out of this league but if the club want to go forward, then we must do it the right way.”

Something the new boss is very passionate about is bringing young players through the ranks.

“Being in football is great and I do it for enjoyment and there is nothing better than having young players, developing them and then moving them on to play at a higher level,” said Rutherford.

“At Moneyfields we had plenty of youngsters who progressed and I would love to do that here at Chichester – it would be great for the club.”

“I enjoyed my time at Moneyfields and I thank the club for the opportunity they gave me to become manager.”

Chichester have also released Andy Bell and Malcolm Harwood, who were part of Pearce’s backroom team.

Rutherford has brought his Moneyfields right-hand man Graham Gee to Oaklands Park with him as his assistant. His first home game as manager comes this Saturday, when Horsham YMCA visit in the RUR Cup.

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