NEW Windsor manager Mark Cooper wants to make the football club as successful as possible after taking charge at Stag Meadow this week, writes Rob Stevens.

Cooper was appointed the new first team manager after former boss Mick Woodham resigned without a ball being kicked at the start of the season.

Cooper was club captain at Windsor & Eton between 2006 and 2009, and his distinguished career in non-league football also included spells at Harrow Borough, Hendon and AFC Wimbledon.

He believes he shares the same vision with Windsor Founding Director, Kevin Stott, about how to take the club forward, and he explained players will have every opportunity to be a part of his squad.

He told the Observer: "I played here 10 years ago and was here for three seasons as captain of the club. I had a wonderful time and it holds very fond memories for me.

"The set-up is wonderful and the pitch is absolutely first class, so that was a big draw for me to want to get involved.

"I know Kevin from my time here and thoroughly look forward to working with him. We've got a lot of talking to do but we do share the same vision in terms of how we're looking to take the club forward.

"We're looking forward to speaking, more so in the next few weeks, about the challenges and targets, plus the aim going forward.

"I am very ambitious as a person and certainly, whilst I'm at the club, it's to make it as successful as possible and see how far we can take it."

Cooper continued: "It's very important that initially we look at all the players in the squad and we give them every opportunity to stay here, express themselves, play well, and be a part of the squad going forward.

"Once we get a handle on the bodies that we have, we will understand what the requirements are for us to shape the team going forward.

"We're in the fortunate position that we had a friendly last night (at Uxbridge), which gave us the opportunity to look at everybody in the squad rather than the 14 that could have been included in a league or cup game.

"The next seven days will certainly give us every opportunity to work as hard as possible to understand what we have here.

"It's a different league to the one I played in but my appetite for the game is I do watch matches in and around the area. We have got more to learn about this league but we've certainly started on that already.

"I'm looking forward to understanding all the teams that we're going to be coming up against and the league itself."

Cooper will take charge of Windsor for the first time when Thame Rangers visit Stag Meadow in the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Luke Brooks-Smith had taken charge in the interim with Windsor managing one win and two draws from their first six matches in the Hellenic League Premier Division.