Steve Toyne won’t wait until he’s sacked if form dips alarmingly at Hallam FC this season -he’ll be on his way long before then!
The 69-year-old Sheffielder, now in charge at the Sandygate club, is confident his radically-strengthened squad will do well in the Northern Counties East League Div 1.
But it doesn’t - he won’t wait for the push. He’ll jump himself.
Hallam came third from the bottom last season and won just three games out of 21 at home. And the challenge is embraced by the former Dinnington Town boss.
“A mission impossible suits me” he said on video at thestar.co.uk.
“I told them (Hallam officials) if I don’t have a modicum of success they wont have to sack me, I’ll stand down and disappear into the sunset!”
Toyne worked at Hallam nearly 20 years ago recalling: “I had a lot of success. I lost on game in two years, that was the U18s and the reserve side.
“The club always had a place in my heart, when I left Hallam I went to Sheffield Club. There I got the reserve side promotion.”
After a long spell at Dinnington Town, he agreed to join Hallam, in April, of this year.
“I will do everything humanly possible, I’ll give 100 per cent” said the former Chesterfield and Matlock Town player.
He said that while there was “no cash to splash” in terms of player budget he knew a lot of non-league footballers and hadn’t found any difficulty in filling Hallam’s roster.
“I do it (managing) in a straight-forward commons sense way” says the veteran, who has neither a computer or a television.
“I don’t look on myself as a highly-talented coach I keep everything simple. I think it’s all about man management. It has to be when you haven’t got the money.
“You have to get the right players on the field but off the field as well - no two or three camps, all pulling in the right direction. And people who don’t pull in the right direction - they don’t last very long.”