FUTURE Bridport boss Edgar Marcu is dreaming one day of managing at professional level.

Marcu, 35, takes over from caretaker boss Shaun Annetts at St Mary’s Field after the final five games of the Toolstation Western League season.

The Romanian will continue to assist Annetts until then but has already helped bring in six new signings.

Joe Batten-Coe, Michael Calverley, Josh Grace, Hanad Habiil, Raul Vasile and Ollie Buchanan have already joined the Bees for the final portion of the campaign.

And the former Otelul Gelati youth product, who sold his successful pizzeria business last year to focus on football, is keen to get stuck into the huge rebuilding job needed at Bridport.

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He told the Bridport News: “It’s hard to believe these days in what you love, really hard.

“Every single day I see people afraid to go after their dreams. They’re so grounded in what happens on a daily basis that they forget what they have a passion for.

“You have to have courage. I said I’m not going to keep going with the business because I’m going to be courageous and follow my dreams.

“I’m not doing this for money, I’m doing this for pure passion. Football is a religion to me. It’s impossible to fail when you have such a big passion.

“If you don’t have passion, a person will give up at some point. It’s really important to follow your dreams.

“At the moment, that’s my dream – becoming a pro manager. At the moment, I have to concentrate on Bridport to give 1,000 per cent and make this team win games.”

Marcu, who also featured twice for Romania under-16s, revealed how he was inspired to start coaching after reading an article on Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson.

He said: “I came to the UK five years ago, everything happens for a reason.

“In Romania I used to be a sales manager for T-Mobile and used to go to every game of Steaua Bucharest.

“I played also two games for the under-16s for my national team. I couldn’t make it as a professional because I had a bad mindset.

“Players lose control when they reach this age, they have loads of opportunities to go out.

“I missed my (football) opportunity and I came to the UK. I said that would be the restart of my life.

“If I never came to the UK, I would never start my coaching badges. There is a sport website in Romania and they wrote an article on Sir Alex and his coaching career.

“That pushed me to start my badges. I’ve been inspired by Sir Alex.”

After three weeks out, Bridport return to action at Street on Saturday (3pm).

Bridport are set to field a number of new signings including Josh Grace, striker Michael Calverley and midfielder Joe Batten-Coe.

Target man Calverley has come across from Street and could face his old club, while Batten-Coe joins on dual forms from South Petherton.

Dan Baggs is expected to return but Jake Hawker (work) misses out.

Hanad Habiil, Raul Vasile and Ollie Buchanan are the other new players to have joined since Marcu’s arrival.