Football: Leaving Penzance was hardest decision I've made says new Falmouth manager John Dent
IT'S the job he's always wanted and John Dent is determined to make the most of his chance after being confirmed as Falmouth Town's new manager last week.
More than two decades after he was last at the club as a player, Dent was unveiled as Town's new boss last Thursday, after making the difficult decision to leave Penzance after 12 months in charge at Penlee Park.
Dent will be assisted by Gary Pascoe, who was handed a return to the club, just days after the Town's board of director parted company with him and joint manager Robbie Stephens in the wake of their 4-0 defeat at Cullompton.
Dent took charge of his first game on Saturday as Falmouth were narrowly beaten at home to new premier division leaders Ivybridge Town.
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After the game, Dent spoke of his excitement at landing his new role, but admitted it wasn't an easy decision to make.
He said: "It was probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make in football.
"I think a lot of Penzance, there are a lot of nice people there and I wish them all the best.
"I'm sure under Dean (Mooney), Paul Williams and Kevin Hall they'll do well and I shall be looking out for their results every week.
"But at the end of the day this is the only club I would have left them for.
"I've always considered Falmouth as my club, it's just great to be back."
Penzance chairman Terry Burgess paid tribute to the job Dent had performed in difficult circumstances during his time at Penlee Park. He said: "While we're all very sad to see John go, we thank him for all the good work he's done, both this season and of course during a difficult season last year and we wish him all the best in his new role.
"John has done an absolutely cracking job here and he leaves us in pretty good shape, with a very good set of players."
Most recently Dent has had spells in charge of Porthleven, Hayle and Penzance, but after landing the job he's always wanted, Town's new boss is hoping for a long and successful stay at Bickland Park.
He said: "It's not a short term fix and it's taken me since I left here as a player some 21 years ago to get back here, so I'm certainly not going to give it up that easily!"
Dent's next game in charge is not until Saturday week, when they head to Elmore. But given Falmouth's current fitness problems the break couldn't have come at a better time.
Falmouth were the better side in the opening 45 minutes on Saturday, but as fatigue set in after the break, they struggled badly.
Dent said: "We've got no game this weekend so we can work at our fitness in training this week and next, before we go into our next game at Elmore."
Considering how well Falmouth equipped themselves against a top premier division side without key players like Calron Hall, Ross Pope and Dan Richardson, there are good signs that Falmouth will soon turn around what has so far been a disappointing start to the season.
He said: "There is plenty there to be encouraged by. We had players missing, like Dan Richardson and Ross Pope.
"We were having to put players into positions they don't normally play just to keep 11 on the pitch in the end. When you consider what we had the boys did well."
And while Dent is keen to give every player in his squad a chance to impress he is keen to bolster his options with some new signings.
He said: "I want to look at the players we already have but I do want to bring more in as well because we are light.
"Apart from Calron (Hall) on the bench the rest were Combination League players."