NEW Portland United manager Simon Browne insists “the hard work starts now” as he embarks on his new challenge with the Blues.

The former Terra, previously the manager at Hamworthy United and Wimborne Town, admitted he had been looking to get back into the game since he was controversially sacked by the Cuthbury club 12 months ago.

And, having been offered the island job by chairman Robin Satherley on Sunday afternoon, Browne is “delighted” to be stepping into the hot-seat with the Wessex League champions.

“I am delighted to be offered it and the hard work starts now I guess,” the new island chief told Echosport.

“I saw Robin last week and we had a chat.

“I am starting off where the club is in a pretty strong position.

“Next year will be a challenge on many different fronts and it’s certainly a different one for me to take over.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that I wanted to get back into football since leaving Wimborne but nothing has come to anything until now. I am pleased to be back in.”

Browne comes in at Grove Corner to replace manager Gary Bailey, who made the decision to resign from the role earlier this month.

“Gary was good enough to text me and wish me all the best, which I thought was really nice of him. I have big boots to fill,” the new boss added.