Braintree Town have announced that club captain Jake Hutchings is to be their new manager and there will be a familiar and experienced figure helping him out as first-team coach.

Hutchings, who joined the club last summer and has been captain under former boss Glen Driver, will be assisted in his role as manager by George Borg, the man who took the Iron up into the second tier of non-league football while he was in charge at Cressing Road.

Chairman Lee Harding was delighted to reach an agreement with Hutchings and felt his appointment would be a popular one with the club's fans and players alike.

He said: "I've been very impressed with the way he's conducted himself since joining our club in the summer.

"As both a commanding centre-half and our club captain, his quiet and assured approach has played a key part of our success so far and I know he has both the support and respect of the lads in the dressing room.

"You only have to see how the lads responded on Saturday.

"I think we've definitely fallen on our feet."

Hutchings oversaw the team's preparations for their 3-0 Vanarama National League South victory at Hemel Hempstead last weekend as he impressively got them organised and ready in the wake of the shock departure of Driver just two days before the game.

It is his first taste of managerial responsibility, though, and Harding felt the experience of having Borg at his side would be key.

Harding added: "George will be remembered by many Iron fans as the man who took the club to the Isthmian League play-offs, the Isthmian championship and then Conference South play-offs in three successive seasons from 2005.

"An excellent and experienced coach, I think the pair of them will compliment each other really well."