Phil Kirk steps up to fill managerial role recently vacated by Rob Henry

Phil Kirk hopes he can continue where Rob Henry left off and keep the good times rolling after being appointed manager of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers. The 55-year-old will step up from the assistant team manager position he has held at the club for the past two seasons and lead the West Row based outfit into battle in next year’s National League.

“Kevin (Jolly) had a chat and asked me if I was happy to take over from Rob Henry,” said Kirk.

"“I was happy to go it alone as I know that I will have great support from Kev and James Easter.

“It’s massive thing for me to take on board. I love Mildenhall as a club and have been watching them since 1976 and the likes of Kev and Rob were my heroes on the track.

“Rob has been fantastic and has backed me all the way and I have learnt so much from him in the last two years as he has a fantastic perspective on the sport.”

With talented 15 year old Drew Kemp already on board for next season Kirk is backing Jolly to give him a team capable of fighting on all fronts and picking up more silverware.

“Having Drew Kemp at reserve will give us plenty of ammunition at the bottom end. I trust Kev to put a good team together for next year,” he added.

“It is exciting times and I am looking forward to it. I will do the best for the club as at the end of the day in my heart I am a supporter.”

Words by Graham Clark.