The Daily Echo report that interim boss Ben Strevens has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Andy Hessenthaler as Eastleigh manager.

The Spitfires have thrived on a spirit of togetherness in recent weeks and Strevens believes continuity, on and off the pitch, is the best way forward for the fast-improving National League club.

The 38-year-old former Barnet and Wycombe midfielder was placed in temporary charge, along with goalkeeping coach Ross Flitney, following Hessenthaler’s surprise departure to Dover Athletic last weekend. As assistant manager, Strevens has helped oversee a dazzling run of four straight wins and six games undefeated.

It has hoisted the tenth-placed Spitfires to within three points of the play-off zone ahead of Saturday’s Hampshire derby at home to Aldershot Town (3pm). Hessenthaler’s permanent successor will become Eastleigh’s sixth manager since the start of 2016/17 and, having finally found some stability after two turbulent years, the last thing the Stoneham Lane club needs is yet more upheaval.

Strevens believes that, having served his apprenticeship as assistant/coach, he is the man best placed to keep the feel-good factor going.

He said: “I spoke to Kenny (Amor, chief executive) after the dust had settled on Monday and told him I wanted the job.

“I had the opportunity of an interview when Toddy (Chris Todd) went, but I didn’t feel I’d been around long enough then to put myself forward.”

Read more: www.dailyecho.co.uk

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