NEW Wivenhoe Town manager Chris Hudson believes the club are a "sleeping giant" after he was tasked with turning around their Thurlow Nunn League fortunes.

Hudson will take charge of his first match as Dragons boss tomorrow when they travel to take on Ely City, in the premier division.

The former Fulham trainee, who played professionally in Bundesliga 2 in Germany, has taken over from Mo Osman in the Broad Lane hot seat.

And despite their lowly position in the table, Hudson is adamant that he is taking over at a club with huge potential.

Hudson said: "I had a few offers from Border League teams – my feet were getting itchy and I wanted to get involved again.

“I went to watch Wivenhoe’s games a few times and I felt that the club was a sleeping giant – it has a rich history.

"Within a few weeks of me starting to go along to watch games, Mo [Osman] stepped down as manager, so I put my application in.

"I live and breathe football – as soon as I could walk, I was playing, it’s in my veins, it’s in my blood. I have so much enthusiasm for the game.

"I felt the only way to take my next step as a manager was to look for a club in a higher division and be first-team manager there – and here I am.

"I’ll give Wivenhoe everything I’ve got as manager. ”

Hudson says he is keen to see his Wivenhoe side play some attractive football, during his time at the helm.

"I believe in total football – I coach it the way I believe the game should be played," he said.

"I need my players to be in the mindset to play football the way I want to see it played.

"I believe in keeping the ball on the floor and having players who can pick out a pass, control the ball well and create chances.

"I like to play out from the back – quick, sharp, intelligent football."

Wivenhoe travel to play sixth-placed Ely tomorrow and Hudson wants an immediate points return.

He added: "I’ll approach this first game [vs Ely] with a view that we should come away with something.

"The team have been on a bad run recently and my job is to come in and turn that around.

"I have a points target in mind for my first five games in charge – I’ll be able to let you know after those five games if we’ve hit that target or not.

"The target for the rest of the season is most definitely to remain in the division – I’m looking at nothing other than staying up."