NEW boss Ashley Vincent says Worcester City’s war chest is “40 per cent” smaller than Midland Football League big-hitters Walsall Wood – but that hasn’t stopped him targeting promotion.

Vincent, assistant manager last season, was immediately offered the chance to step up when John Snape stood down after two-and-a-half years in charge and six years with the club on Wednesday.

Snape admitted part of his reason for moving on to become Paul Smith’s right-hand man at Halesowen Town had been fuelled by his feeling that fans had “wanted a change”.

Expectation levels at City have been high since dropping three levels in the summer of 2017 but the homeless club’s finances have proved restrictive.

And while Vincent made clear his desire to break through that barrier, he acknowledged the clout of clubs like last season’s runners-up Wood could prove a factor when the chips are down.

“With Worcester City playing at this level, people will always have ideas about where we should be,” said Vincent.

“This is probably the only time you will hear me talk about budgets because that is something I want to get away from.

“I recently had a conversation with someone directly linked with Walsall Wood and they have around 40 per cent more to work with than us, which is incredible and good luck to them.

“That gives us some context but while I am realistic I am also ambitious. Throughout my playing career I have been a winner and that hasn’t changed, I want to win things.

“I have been promoted so I know what it feels like, there is no better feeling and I want to surround myself with players who want it like I do. Hopefully, I can guide them to that.”

Snape revealed in his exit interview with Worcester News that he had been thinking about leaving “for a while”, something he had shared with his trusted number two.

“Being honest, it was something Snapper and I had talked about,” added Vincent, who had been due to take on his first managerial post at Cradley Town last season before being offered a role by Snape.

“It was more about his situation than anything else, he felt he wanted a fresh challenge and I made no bones about wanting to be a manager when I first came in last summer.

“I want to coach and manage at the highest level I can. Last season put the building blocks in place for me and I will always be grateful to John for giving me that chance.

“It is the right time for me to take on the top job in my own right, progress myself as a coach and manager and get to where I want to go.”