LEE Richardson has set his sights on silverware after being named Oxford City Stars’ caretaker player-coach for the rest of the season.

The 36-year-old has taken charge of the English National League club following the surprise departure of Kenny Redmond.

Stars confirmed yesterday their head coach had left, with Richardson overseeing Saturday’s 5-4 win at Guildford.

Redmond, who joined the club in June 2017 and signed a new deal 12 months later, led Stars to the South Division 2 crown and the National Championship last season.

Richardson, who takes over a side sitting fourth in the table and with three games in hand on leaders Slough Jets, has his sights set on emulating that success.

He said: “My aim is the same as when I was a player, which is to win as many trophies as we can.

“We have games in hand, if we win all of them then we win the league.

“The goals have not changed – we want to win the league and the play-offs.”

Richardson previously spent ten years with Swindon Wildcats and joined Stars last summer.

He now heads a coaching team of captain Darren Elliott, who recently announced he would be retiring at the end of the season, while the club’s owner Scott Gough remains an assistant.

Richardson, who plays as a forward, is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “Kenny’s left us in a good position in the league.

“I’m lucky to have Scott Gough on the bench and Darren Elliott, who is obviously invaluable to the club.

“Between the three of us we’re getting together to be as good as we can.”

Redmond, whose last game in charge was a 6-2 victory at home to Bracknell Hornets, said in a statement: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Oxford and I’m proud of winning 45 of my 50 games in charge.

“The memories of winning the double last season will remain a highlight for me and I’d like to personally thank the fans for their support throughout.”