Dolby aims to climb table

Tony Dolby wasted little time in accepting the post of Hastings United manager after the Ryman Premier club came calling for the second time in a little over a year.

The ex-Millwall professional, pictured, was named the new boss on Monday following the sacking of John Lambert.

This will be Dolby's second stint at the helm after taking over in mid-January 2008 in the wake of Nigel Kane's departure.

Hastings were deep in the relegation mire at the time but a run of nine wins from 17 games meant they finished the season in 14th position.

Dolby's reign ended after less than four months with the strain of a 100-mile plus round trip from his Chislehurst home being one of his main reasons for stepping down.

"It happened quickly and I didn't want to mess about," said Dolby on agreeing to return to The Pilot Field.

"Dave (Hastings chairman Dave Walters) was in contact after relieving John of his duties and while every decision warrants thinking about I really enjoyed the managerial job last year and I feel I can take the club forward."

As for the travelling which proved such a burden last time, Dolby now works in Sevenoaks which he feels should reduce the number of hours at the wheel.

Mike Rutherford won't be resuming his role as assistant manager but according to Dolby - who has been playing for Cray Wanderers this season - will be "providing help from afar".

The 34-year-old is now setting his sights on climbing the table and building for next season.

"The boys have put in some decent performances this season and a few not so good," he went on. "I'm not looking to make wholesale changes because that could have a negative impact on the team. The ideal scenario is to tweak it by making one or two adjustments."

Hastings are on their travels tomorrow (Saturday) with a trip to Carshalton Athletic before welcoming Boreham Wood to The Pilot Field on Tuesday.