SLOUGH Town chairman Steve Easterbrook is confident Neil Baker and Jon Underwood are the right men to bring the glory days back to the football club.

Baker and Underwood were appointed new Rebels joint-managers on Tuesday after ex-boss Steve Bateman left the club by 'mutual consent' on May 13.

Bateman had steered Slough to three play-off finishes in four seasons but failed to get the club promoted on each occasion.

The Rebels missed out on the end-of-season finale last year by a single point, despite not having the rub of the green at times and reaching the first round of the FA Cup.

His successors were promoted to senior management at Godalming Town in 2010 and led The G's to two play-off positions, including a third-place finish in Southern Division One Central last season.

The duo also reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and lifted the Surrey Senior Cup.

Speaking exclusively to the Observer about the appointment, Easterbrook, pictured, explained: "From many worthy candidates Neil and Jon stood out as two dedicated managers who have played football at a higher level.

"They know how to motivate players and produce well disciplined teams that play attractive football.

"They are also confident, hard working, young and enthusiastic.

"Neil and Jon work well together and conduct themselves in a very professional manner." Easterbrook continued: "They're focused and ambitious, and I'm very confident that they will be successful at the club.

"They will put together a team this season which will be hungry, competitive and will perform well in this division.

"Everyone within the club will be working towards doing everything they can to achieve a play-off position." He added: "Under Steve Bateman's management we've gone from a club threatened with relegation to a team competing at the top of the division. Similarly, Jon and Neil have been competing at the top of the table at this level.

"All three are focused, dedicated and ambitious individuals. Teams put together by Neil and Jon are generally younger." **PICK up a copy of the Observer, out now, for all the latest sports news and action, including interviews with new Slough Town joint-managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood** **FOLLOW the Observer on Twitter @Observer_sports**