Pompey legend and Hawks goalkeeping coach Alan Knight has been appointed manager of Blue Square Bet South outfit Dorchester Town.
Knight was at Westleigh Park last night to say his farewells to his Hawks collegues, before taking charge of the Dorset side at Maidenhead United on Saturday.
It is the first senior managerial post for the 50-year-old who is looking forward to the challenge.
‘These opportunities don’t come around very often so I am determined to make the most of it,’ said Knight.
‘I have done some bits and bobs in numerous places but this is the first time I’ve been in sole charge.
‘Four or five years ago I did some coaching at the club and have a soft spot for the area and the people involved.
‘I am very excited and a little bit nervous at the same time.’
He added: ‘Up until the FA Trophy defeat by Gosport at the weekend, the side had been unbeaten for six games.
‘The nucleus is there of a decent little side but they need a little bit more self belief.
‘Hopefully, I will be able to provide some of that and I can’t wait to get my teeth into it.
‘It is a wrench leaving the Hawks but it is too good an opportunity to miss.
‘Hopefully I can go down there and help them improve and push for a play-off spot.’