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Omer Riza Wants Swift Management Return

OMER RIZA says he is desperate to get back into management as soon as possible after his sacking at Ryman North Cheshunt two weeks ago.

The former Arsenal youngster and Turkey B international left the Ambers after a difficult start to the season which saw the club pick up five points from six games.

Riza, who was made permanent boss last November, believes results would have come and is disappointed his time in charge was cut short.

“It’s a Non-League club but I went in there and turned the first team on its head in terms of how it was run,” he said.

“I played at high levels and I will not buy into the fact that you have to just lump it forward because it’s Non-League. Players love watching passing football on TV so why wouldn’t they want to play that way?

“The problem was that there are too many opinions around the club and some think you can’t play “tippy tappy” stuff. Everything we did had a purpose and we were very unlucky with results.

“I was away for two of the games as well as I was at St George’s Park doing my A License but my staff were in charge so I take responsibility for that.

“You could ask any manager or chairman in that league and they would tell you we played some great stuff. These things take time and I’ve gone from being told by the chairman that we were playing well to being sacked.”

Riza, who was offered a playing role by Vanarama Conference North Lowestoft Town, says he’s now hoping an opportunity comes up with the right club.

He added: “Cheshunt was my only job and I gave it absolutely everything I had. I tried to bring a degree of professionalism to the club.

“I was offered a playing deal by Lowestoft but I’m injured at the moment which is why I hadn’t played for Cheshunt recently. If a job came up, I think I’ve got plenty still to give on the pitch too.

“I want to work with a club that has the same ethos as me. I want everybody at the club to progress and if that’s what they want, as well as seeing attacking football, we would be a good fit.

“I’m eager to get back into the game and if there are any chairmen or clubs out there who want a manager that will play the right way and give 100 per cent, I’m your man.”

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