CRAIG Waters is enjoying life as Southend Manor’s new boss and is looking to upset the odds by beating high-flying Walthamstow tomorrow.

Waters took over as the Essex Senior League club’s manager at the end of last month after Michael Walther was sacked.

And Waters, who was a member of the backroom staff when Adam Peek was in charge of Manor, is enjoying his new role.

“I have been getting to know the players and we have given ourselves a three-game period to get to know everyone,” said Waters.

“We are doing well, training twice a week and I have a good backroom staff with me.

“It’s a transition period and we want to set the foundations before pushing on next season.

“This term is about getting our philosophy across to the players and we know it will take time.

“The chairman, Jerry Omango, likes our style of play and we want to finish as high as we can in the table.”

Manor head into the weekend sitting third from bottom in the Essex Senior League standings, while Walthamstow are fourth.

Walthamstow have strengthened their squad ahead of the contest with Sam Bantick joining following his release from Romford, who are led by former Billericay Town owner Glenn Tamplin.

Although Waters knows hosts Walthamstow will be the favourites to bag all three points, he has called on his Manor outfit to turn the tables.

“Walthamstow are flying at the moment and it will be one of the hardest games we will play all season,” added Waters.

“We will give our all and I know that the players will put in as much effort as they can in order for us to come away with a positive result.

“Although we lost at Saffron Walden Town in our last league game, they admitted we deserved to get something out of it and we are moving in the right direction.

“I’m hoping that we can upset the party but we know it will a difficult game.”

Waters, whose side prepared for the battle with a friendly against Basildon United’s under-18s in midweek, has no fresh injury concerns.