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The Waltham Forest whirlwind continues

Just when I thought things could not change any more, guess what ?, it's all change again at Waltham Forest FC writes NLD blogger Charlie Ward

In late June, the committee announced that Terry Fogarty had succeeded Turgut Esendagli as manager.

Former Chairman, Esendagli, is due to undergo an operation this summer, so would have been unable to carry out managerial duties in any event.

He is to remain on the committee and owns forty percent of the shares in the club, so is the majority shareholder and will still play a dominant role in taking the club forward, off the field and that can only be good news for the long term future of Forest.

In addition to increasing the size of our youth section from two teams to four, we have the under 18 side accepted into the FA Youth Cup for the first time in ten years and we face a tough opening tie against Conference side Chelmsford City's youngsters.

We have introduced a Ladies team and brought back our reserve side, both, at least one year ahead of the planned schedule agreed iupon at a meeting in March.

After establishing our FA Full Charter status, the club will certianly be able to attract many of the talented youngt players in the area.

The appointment of Fogarty as first team manager, goes very much in line with Esendagli's plans to make our club a community club, as his experience over the last twenty years, has been working with academy youngsters and at Centres of Excellence.

He is definitely buying in to the club's vision of giving youth a chance and the need to develop young talent, moulding it and making sure players move upwards to hugher levels of football, once they depart our club.

But, the club is mindful that promotion back into the Isthmian League helps, significently raise the profile of our club and in order to achieve that, Forest have appointed former Charlton/Crystal Palace and Leyton Orient player, Darren Pitcher, as assistant to Terry.

As well as experience in the professional, full time game, he also had spells in non-league, with Romford (twice), Chelmsford City and Bishops Stortford.

Early observations, would indicate that the players at pre-season training are fitter and technically better than many who previously trained in the summer, in previous years, so the club are cautiously optomistic, about the chances of mounting a serious title challenge this season, although we all realise that they are many other clubs who have the determination and talent to do the same.

It will be no walk over, but, things look set for an interesting beginning to season 2015/2016.

It certainly does warm my heart that the club are not content just to sit back and "let" things happen and are striving mightily to make progress on and off the field, as quickly as is financially possible.

One thing that cannot be aimed at Waltham Forest is that they let things go stale and the continuous whirlind that appears to be going on, both on and off the field, is testament to the efforts of Esendagli, his successor as Chairman, who I understand was instrumental in bring in the new manager and the rest of the small, but, very proactive committee, to get Waltham Forest FC, back into the forefront of senior non-league football.

By the time you read the August edition of this blog, I dare say there will have been at least one or two more developments at our club.

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