WINDSOR Founding Director Kevin Stott has given new manager Mark Cooper his vote of confidence after an impressive first five weeks in charge, writes Rob Stevens.

Cooper was appointed as the new first team manager last month and has recorded six wins from nine matches in all competitions, which has seen the Stag Meadow-based club climb from third bottom to fifth position in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

Stott believes Cooper has done remarkably well in challenging circumstances, but he hopes he has not put the dreaded kiss of boss on the boss.

Speaking to the Observer, Stott joked: "I've told Mark that he has a better win rate than Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson, which will probably mean we will now lose the next four games!

"Mark has had to get his head around a lot of stuff and five weeks is not a lot of time, but he's acquitted himself creditably by integrating with the club and what it's all about.

"He has been networking like mad to get personnel in where needed on the playing side and that has started to come to fruition in the last couple of games.

"It was a challenging start by anyone's standards but Mark has done remarkably well.

"We've gone from third bottom to fifth in that time, plus we're still in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup and the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup, with the FA Vase still to come."

Stott continued: "Without giving anyone the kiss of death, we want to at least be in the top five at the end of the season. We want to win the Floodlit Cup and be the last remaining side from step five in the Senior Cup, plus what we did last season in the FA Vase as a minimum.

"You might argue that is stretching goals and one of the down sides of step five football is it's difficult to hold on to players, but on the plus side, very few are actually on contract.

"Unlike in professional clubs, you can create change quickly so it doesn't take long to get to a point where it's your team. You can pretty much make that happen straight away.

"This is possible through good man-management skills and networking with local clubs, and already we've been able to strengthen the squad quite substantially."

Windsor climbed to fifth position in the table after a 1-0 win at Berkshire rivals Reading City on Monday. A goal in the first half from Excellence Mahumba was the difference between the two sides at Rivermoor.

Windsor make the trip to Longlevens this Saturday before Binfield make the short journey to Stag Meadow next Tuesday (7.45pm).