CHAIRMAN Mark Sorrell believes new joint-manager Jon Willis is a perfect fit for Holland FC.

Willis has joined from Stanway Rovers, where he ran the under-21s, and will link up with long-serving boss Rob Batten.

Batten had been flying solo since Ray Turner’s recent departure from the Eastcliff outfit.

Sorrell is delighted to welcome Willis on board and says the club’s new recruit has a “proven track record”.

“Jon’s going to be our new joint-manager and work alongside Rob,” he said.

“It’s an appointment we’re excited about.

“He’s got a proven track record when it comes to working with younger players and he’ll help bring new talent to the club.

“He’s very professional in terms of the way he runs sides and coaches and he’s done a great job wherever he’s been before.

“Given our situation with the budget, we feel he’s a perfect choice and going to become an important part of our management team.”

After a run of defeats, Holland have now won their last two Thurlow Nunn League matches.

They followed up their 2-1 success against Norwich United Reserves with a 1-0 victory at home to Cornard United on Saturday.

Steve Eaton scored their winning goal.

Meanwhile, Sorrell has sung the praises of his “loyal, committed” players, who have stayed put despite the club’s recent budget cut.

The coastal club took the bold decision to stop paying their players expenses earlier this month - a move that inevitably led to some departures.

However, Sorrell insisted it was the right thing to do for the club’s long-term future and said he would rather put faith in “young, local and homegrown” talent.

“I’m really grateful to the boys that have stayed and been loyal to the club,” he added.

“They’ve been brilliant and helped us get back to winning ways in the last couple of weeks.

“(Captain) Joe Martin, for instance, has turned down offers from several levels up the non-league pyramid because he wants to stay.

“He and others have chosen to do the honourable thing and they want to be here for the right reasons, rather than being motivated purely by money.”

Holland head to Leiston Reserves on Saturday (3pm).

Holland have completed a couple of new signing, including former Brightlingsea Regent striker Liam Whittaker and defender Ben Reynolds.

Both featured against Cornard and both will hope to be involved in Saturday’s match at Leiston Reserves (3pm).

Holland return to the Rush Green Bowl on December 9, for a home match against AFC Sudbury Reserves.