Eastleigh have confirmed the appointment of Ben Strevens as their new first-team manager.

The 38-year-old former Dagenham & Redbridge and Wycombe Wanderers forward has been in caretaker charge of the Spitfires since Andy Hessenthaler left to take the Dover Athletic job just under a month ago. Strevens has represented Eastleigh as a player in two spells.

Strevens said: “After hearing the news on Friday, I can’t wait to get started now. I’m really looking forward to the job, it’ll be a hard job but I’m really looking forward to it.

“My first two games in caretaker charge, I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t happy with the performances or the results but the boys have responded with their performances away at Halifax and then two real good results against two real good sides (Leyton Orient and Salford). Really, it’s the boys who got me this job and opportunity, I just want to carry on the good work and keep improving.”

Following the appointment, chief executive Kenny Amor said: “Ben is an ambitious, young manager and is open to new ideas. As a board we are fully behind Ben, we will be investing in the coaching and support network he has at his disposal to ensure he has the correct resources to do the job.

“His assistant manager will be announced later this week. For me, Ben has showed in the last two weeks he is up to the challenge, the way he reacted to the disappointment of the FA Cup defeat to bounce back with three very good results and more importantly performances shows both he and his team can finish this season strongly.

“During my time at the club Ben was one of the best players we have had and if he can lead the team off the field as well as he did on it then we are in good hands. As a club, our goals have not changed from wanting league football and we believe in Ben we have the right man to deliver this.”

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