Seaham Red Star’s new manager Craig Lynch has said he is “ready for a challenge” following his appointment as manager last week.

Aged just 25, the former Sunderland player said it was a job he couldn’t turn down. 

“It’s a bit strange at 25 being the manager, but it’s a job I couldn’t turn down. Obviously knowing all the lads and what they’re capable of, I was just in a position where I couldn’t say no to it,” he said.

“Managing at 25 is definitely out of the ordinary. I’m just going to enjoy it, and hopefully get the lads playing like they have been at the start of the season. We’re going through a bit of a blip but I’m sure we’re more than capable of getting out of that blip and actually enjoying playing again.”

The prolific midfielder, who scored 30 goals for the Star last season was also full of praise for the club he’s been at since 2015.

“It’s a great place to start, I’ve been there as a player and I’ve fitted right into it. I’ve had plenty of injuries, but this injury has kind of opened a different path for me which is great as you’ve sometimes got to turn bad things into positives and that’s what I want to do as the manager.”

Lynch takes over a side that is yet to get a league win in 2018, and he’s encouraged his players to forget about recent games.

“I’ve said to the lads it’s a new start. It sounds daft, but we need to forget about the last few games even though you look at the start of the year we beat Easington in the cup, we’re still in the cup competition, we’ve come back from 2-0 down at Shildon but then we lost a 2-0 lead against Ryhope.

“We’ve had two bad fixtures against Benfield and then against Consett on Saturday, so it’s been a bit up and down but we just want to get back to the lads enjoying it. I want them to look forward to coming to games again.”

Following defeat against Team Northumbria in his first game in charge Lynch said: “It was not the start I hoped for but at the end of the day what I said to the lads was that we created chances for both teams.”

“We created chances for ourselves but then we created chances for the opposition which is one thing we need to cut out. As I said to them, mistakes are gonna happen for everyone but the mistakes we’re making at the minute can be easily resolved.”