NEWLY-APPOINTED Christchurch boss Adie Arnold has defended making a return to management with an amateur club having left budget-less Verwood Town less than eight weeks ago.

Priory acted swiftly to secure the ex-Potters manager’s services 24 hours after it was announced that Michael Cuffie had resigned following 12 months in the Hurn Bridge hot heat.

Arnold, the most successful manager in Verwood’s history during an eight-and-a-half-year stint at Potterne Park, will be assisted by trusted coach Danny Saxby and takes charge with immediate effect.

He said: “There were a lot of issues behind the scenes at Verwood and the budget was only a minor part of why I felt I couldn’t push them on.

“There are people out there who will criticise me, but most will understand that there is more to it than just money at this level.

“With all due respect to Verwood, Christchurch is an established Wessex League club with a lovely playing surface and cracking facilities and I see it as a real opportunity to step up.”