AFC Portchester manager Dave Carter has had an exceptionally busy first 48 hours in his new role.
Since his appointment as Royals boss on Monday evening, Carter’s phone has been ringing non-stop as he said his farewells to his now former colleagues at Moneyfields and hellos to the players and staff at the Crest Finance Stadium.
The current Covid-19 restrictions may well prevent him from seeing people face to face at the moment but Carter has wasted no time on getting to work to put his plans for Portchester in place.
And when the moment comes that players and coaching staff are allowed to come together again in the coming weeks, Carter is keen to make sure he can hit the ground running in terms of getting to work on the football side of the club.
Looking back at his first few days in charge at AFC Portchester, Carter reflected: “It’s been a busy few days - a case of non-stop farewells to people at Moneyfields and hellos to those at Portchester.
“It’s difficult times at the moment as we are waiting on a decision over the current season and whether it will be null and void, and due to the Covid regulations you are not able to meet up with people so we can’t get everyone together as a group or meet people face to face.
“There’s no opportunity for me to meet up with the players here at the moment. I know about 25 per cent of them already but we will get together as soon as the restrictions change to allow us to do so.
“I can’t wait to get going here and get back to football after the current lockdown. We will be putting things in place to ensure we are fully prepared for whenever the new season gets under way.”
Despite a hectic start to the week, Carter is pleased to be able to get to work on the challenge of trying to realise AFC Portchester’s dreams of gaining promotion to the Southern League.
He has been impressed with what he has seen of the set up off the pitch so far and knows the importance of turning the Royals into promotion contenders on it to the club.
Carter added: “There’s a great structure behind the scenes here. The foundations and facilities off the pitch are great - we just need to get it right on the pitch now.
“I’m impressed by what I’ve seen so far. The chairman Paul Kelly is a straight talking man, the vice chairman Graeme Moir has been involved in local non league football for a number of years and I’ve met the financial director Trevor Deacon a few times now as well.
“I’m just keen to get us together on the football side of things as soon as we can when the Covid-19 restrictions will allow us.”
Dave Carter arrives at AFC Portchester with an impressive managerial CV.
He was manager at Horndean for seven years and in that time he guided the East Hampshire club to promotion from Wessex League Division 1 in 2011. He also guided them to Portsmouth Senior Cup wins and a club record run in the FA Vase.
He moved to Moneyfields in 2015 and in 2017 he guided the Portsmouth-based club to promotion into the Southern League for the first time in their history.
In 2018-19, he almost took Moneyfields to step three of the non league pyramid system after finishing fourth in the table, only for his side to lose in the play-off semi finals to Yate Town.
During his time in charge at the club, Moneyfields have also enjoyed record runs in both the FA Trophy and FA Vase, reaching the last 32 stage of the national competition in 2015-16. He guided them to the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup in 2018-19.