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Dave Rainford: I took pay cut to become Chelmsford City assistant manager

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: June 16, 2012

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DAVE Rainford accepted reduced terms to become Chelmsford City's new assistant manager.

The former Clarets' captain, 33, moved in to the role last week following the sacking of Ben Chenery which came two weeks ago in the wake of the club's failure to secure a Blue Square Bet South play-off spot.

Although he could have cashed in on offers elsewhere Rainford chose to stay loyal to the club he has been at for the past four seasons as they look to work on a reduced budget for next season.

Talking to the Chronicle, Rainford said he was 'incredibly proud and honoured' to take up a coaching role at Melbourne Park but insists he's far from giving up his role as a player.

"I want to make one thing clear: I'm not retiring," said the midfielder who has made a total of 175 appearances scoring 54 goals.

"I still feel I've got a lot to give as a player.

"I've read a lot about me doing little cameo performances here and there but we'll see about that.

"It's up to me to be annoying to the manager and I still feel that I can start games."

Rainford dipped out of the professional game in 2008 when he left Dagenham & Redbridge to become a full-time teacher.

He mulled over this new role while taking a school trip to Canada and although it's been accepted he's far from certain that a career in management will be his next step in the game.

"I might do this and decided it's not for me," he said.

"For a good few years now other people around me at Chelmsford have said that I have shown qualities that make them think I can be a good coach.

"I have been captain at four clubs, I'm a teacher and I take all of that as a plus.

"The reason I have kind of dodged that question in the past (about becoming a coach) is because I've been a player."

He describes himself as 'excited but a little bit anxious' about the move but makes it clear he won't agree with manager Glenn Pennyfather about everything.

"The first thing is that Glenn says he wants me to be in this role," said Rainford.

"That's important to me. He's the manager and he'll be making the decisions but if he asks for my opinion I'll give it to him and to be fair that's exactly what he wants - he doesn't just want a yes man."

As he starts to think more diligently about the other side of football Rainford says he'll be looking to bring a thoroughly professional approach to the job.

He has already taken advice from current Luton Town manager Paul Buckle who combined playing with coaching earlier in his career at Exeter City.

"I think I'd like to bring a real professionalism to it," he said.

" I will bring who I am.

"I've played about three- quarters of my career in non-league and a quarter in the professional game and I would like to think that I'm a professional man.

"I've got specific ideas about fitness and sports science and I'd like to impart that on the players.

"I'm not the kind of person that says: 'do as I say not as I do'."

With next season already at the planning stage Rainford's already discovering football behind the scenes.

He said: "It's a really different world all of this. I've been talking to Glenn about squad sizes and all the things you don't have to consider as a player.

"It's a really big change."

On the departing Chenery, Rainford said: "I would like to thank him personally.

"He often went above and beyond with me and I know he'll be successful in management."

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