Riley unveiled as new AFC Totton boss

First published in AFC Totton Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Non-league football reporter

AFC Totton have tonight confirmed former Bashley boss Steve Riley and his assistant Chris Ferrett as their new management team.

Netley Common-based Riley, 46, had been in pole position to replace Stuart Ritchie at the Testwood Stadium helm after parting company with Bashley earlier this week. He has signed a two-year contract with the Stags.

Having previously played for Bash, the former Navy PTI returned to the New Forest club as player-coach in August 2005 and took control two months later.

He masterminded the club’s surge to the Evo-Stik Division One South & West championship in 2007 and has kept them in the Premier Division ever since, reaching the play-off semi-finals in 2008.

He takes over a talented Totton side who, in their first season as a Southern Premier club, finished runners-up to Oxford City in the play-off final and reached the second round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in club history.

Former AFC Bournemouth trainee Ferrett was Riley's player-coach and right-hand man at Bashley, having previously played as a left winger/full-back for the likes of Havant, Basingstoke, Dorchester and Salisbury.

Riley said: “I’m really looking forward to working with the chairman (Paul Wallace)and his team behind the scenes and I’m relishing the opportunity that has come my way, which is a very exciting and fresh challenge.

“Having witnessed the atmosphere at the fantastic Testwood Stadium and the passion of the travelling fans, I believe there are exciting times ahead for AFC Totton.

“I also believe that Chris and myself can add our own ideas in an effort to build on the club’s achievements last season.

“The work that we will both undertake over the next few weeks will be vital in order to ensure that some of the uncertainty that has surrounded the club since the end of the season, including player retention, can finally be resolved.”

Totton are planning a fans’ evening to formally welcome the pair to the Testwood Stadium.

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11:53pm Fri 25 May 12

TottonStag says...

Excellent appointment. A smart one in my opinion. Steve knows the division well and has done well in the division with Bashley on limited resources. He will bring his own ideas and methods and hopefully the players will react to it and want to play for him. Looking forward to meeting him at the welcome evening. Welcome to AFC Totton, Steve and Chris, all the best!

Come on you Stags!
Excellent appointment. A smart one in my opinion. Steve knows the division well and has done well in the division with Bashley on limited resources. He will bring his own ideas and methods and hopefully the players will react to it and want to play for him. Looking forward to meeting him at the welcome evening. Welcome to AFC Totton, Steve and Chris, all the best! Come on you Stags! TottonStag
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12:39am Sat 26 May 12

Pasty UK says...

Agreed. very respected bloke.Did ever so well at Bashley. they have had some very good players down there over the years. Well done to the committee for getting him here.
Agreed. very respected bloke.Did ever so well at Bashley. they have had some very good players down there over the years. Well done to the committee for getting him here. Pasty UK
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12:44am Sat 26 May 12

Pasty UK says...

From what i have heard Steve is a gentleman and man of his word. I do not think he would have made the disgraceful decision to leave the club just before the play offs like Stu Ritchie did.good luck Steve and Chris i just hope the club get the money to help you keep the squad
From what i have heard Steve is a gentleman and man of his word. I do not think he would have made the disgraceful decision to leave the club just before the play offs like Stu Ritchie did.good luck Steve and Chris i just hope the club get the money to help you keep the squad Pasty UK
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10:44am Sat 26 May 12

Gump37 says...

All genuine AFC Totton fans will disregard the above post and will be anxious to move on so no more please.
Absolutely brilliant appointment.Wecome Steve and Chris
All genuine AFC Totton fans will disregard the above post and will be anxious to move on so no more please. Absolutely brilliant appointment.Wecome Steve and Chris Gump37
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2:12pm Sat 26 May 12

Bluenose65 says...

Good luck Afc totton you
Are a special club with special fans I genuinely wish you all the very best

Sean
Good luck Afc totton you Are a special club with special fans I genuinely wish you all the very best Sean Bluenose65
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7:04pm Sat 26 May 12

Mr Smyth says...

Bluenose65 wrote:
Good luck Afc totton you
Are a special club with special fans I genuinely wish you all the very best

Sean
My word a change of heart, very different to what was posted on the Eastleigh forum? Note it was removed very promptly!

AFC Totton is certainly a great club and I think that this is a fantastic appointment.

Exciting times ahead.
[quote][p][bold]Bluenose65[/bold] wrote: Good luck Afc totton you Are a special club with special fans I genuinely wish you all the very best Sean[/p][/quote]My word a change of heart, very different to what was posted on the Eastleigh forum? Note it was removed very promptly! AFC Totton is certainly a great club and I think that this is a fantastic appointment. Exciting times ahead. Mr Smyth
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8:56pm Sat 26 May 12

Bluenose65 says...

Mr smyth

The message on the forum was never meant the way it was perceived It was my opinion on next year .ive never ever said anything but good things about totton and I do wish them all the best just like i wish Eastleigh all the best the fact is the committee at afc have a job to do and I've certainly moved on.

It's over
Mr smyth The message on the forum was never meant the way it was perceived It was my opinion on next year .ive never ever said anything but good things about totton and I do wish them all the best just like i wish Eastleigh all the best the fact is the committee at afc have a job to do and I've certainly moved on. It's over Bluenose65
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9:50am Sun 27 May 12

Pasty UK says...

Gump37 wrote:
All genuine AFC Totton fans will disregard the above post and will be anxious to move on so no more please. Absolutely brilliant appointment.Wecome Steve and Chris
I think you will find a lot of Totton fans agree with me. The one i know do.
As i have said on hereconsistently a great appointment and good for the committee.my point about Stu is correct it was the wrong time to quit before the play offs and it must have hurt the players and had negative effect and i am only saying what many people think. because i make a factual point that people should learn from does not make me a non fan!Steve and Chris get my full backing as did Stu until he spoiled his track record right at the end.
[quote][p][bold]Gump37[/bold] wrote: All genuine AFC Totton fans will disregard the above post and will be anxious to move on so no more please. Absolutely brilliant appointment.Wecome Steve and Chris[/p][/quote]I think you will find a lot of Totton fans agree with me. The one i know do. As i have said on hereconsistently a great appointment and good for the committee.my point about Stu is correct it was the wrong time to quit before the play offs and it must have hurt the players and had negative effect and i am only saying what many people think. because i make a factual point that people should learn from does not make me a non fan!Steve and Chris get my full backing as did Stu until he spoiled his track record right at the end. Pasty UK
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