Nov 23 2012 By Matt Lewis
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FEARLESS Mark Burgess is ready for his first foray into the world of management with Northwood.
Burgess took the reins at Chestnut Avenue following Gary Meakin’s departure to Ryman Premier outfit Wingate & Finchley.
The 35-year-old is a familiar face to Woods fans after two separate spells at the Evo-Stik Division One Central club.
An experienced defender who can also play in midfield, Burgess originally signed for Northwood in October 2008 after leaving Boreham Wood.
Much-travelled, Burgess lists Hendon, Maidenhead United, St Albans City, AFC Hornchurch, Wealdstone, Aylesbury United, Edgware Town and Wembley among his old clubs.
He signed for AFC Hayes in December 2009 before returning to Chestnut Avenue in July 2010, moving on the following close season to join up with Beaconsfield SYCOB.
His third spell with the Woods started with a win last Tuesday as goals from Spencer Bellotti, Jack Hutchinson and an Adamson Ajayi double secured a 4-1 victory over Thatcham. Ajayi and Hutchinson were both on target again as Burgess continued his dream start with a 2-0 derby win at Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday, but the new boss is under no illusions about the size of the challenge he is facing.
“I helped out managing Northwood a few times while the club were looking for managers but this is the first proper permanent managerial job for me,” he said.
“I like to work hard at whatever I do and I hope the players see that and replicate it on the pitch. You’ve got to work hard and the rest will take care of itself. If you don’t try it [management] you’ll never know if you’re any good.
“I am not fazed by things, I’ve worked with managers that have been flying high at the top and struggling at the bottom – I can draw on that knowledge.
“I don’t expect it to be easy and it’s all new but I am hopeful.”
The new Woods boss has been without a club since leaving North Greenford United in October.
He had been playing regularly in defence under Jon-Barrie Bates but has told the Gazette he will only be lacing up a pair of boots on the odd occasion this term as he looks to promote young players at Northwood.