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Byline: PHIL KIRKBRIDE

NEW Bootle manager Joe Doran plans to bring "stability" to the club as they begin a new era after Neil Prince's sacking.

Doran takes charge of his first game this afternoon when the Bucks travel to Bacup & Rossendale Borough.

Bootle are fourth in the North West Counties Premier Division but the club's committee decided to dismiss Prince last weekend.

Doran, a former reserve team manager and Bootle player, was immediately announced as his replacement and has taken two training sessions this week.

"It is a difficult situation but we have just got on with it," said Doran. "It is not an ideal situation for the middle of December but the committee felt it was the right decision.

"I just said to the players that we have got to get on with it. We have targets to achieve and hopefully we can start with a win today.

"At the moment we are just trying to bring a level of consistency back in the team.

"Nine league defeats isn't ideal. At the moment we are fourth in the table and our possible points total is 93. But there are three other teams who could get over 100.

"With the games Runcorn Linnets have in hand they have got to be favourites."

He added: "There have been a few disciplinary issues that I've had to iron out as manager and secretary.

"I am trying to get stability for the rest of the season."

Doran was signed up by Oldham Athletic as a teenager but left the club at 19.

Bootle's new boss got back into the game with Newton in the West Cheshire League before returning to Bootle under Chris O'Brien.

However Achilles tendonitis forced Doran to retire.

Doran applied for the Bucks job when O'Brien was sacked but Prince was given the position.

But Doran gained his first managerial experience after taking charge of Bootle's reserves for a season before becoming club secretary and following the side home and away.

"I'm 30 - so the same age as Neil," said Doran.

"I've been in the job six days and today I'll come up against Brent Peters who is the longest serving manager in the league.

"Bacup are battling for every point so it will be a tough game."

He added: "All of our the players are good enough so it is just about making a few tweaks, some changes in discipline and the way we play.

"Maybe we will make one or two additions as the season goes on.

"Neil was player-manager and is a very good player so will be hard to replace."

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Date:Dec 14, 2013
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