Paul Reid is targeting quick action in the transfer market after being confirmed as joint Whitehawk boss.

Hawks have given Reid and Alan Payne, who have been in interim charge, the job until the end of the season.

Reid welcomed the appointment and said: “It makes a big difference talking to players we have now and when speaking to possible new players as I try and recruit one or two.

“It’s no secret we need a couple to help us out and boost the squad.

“There have been a couple of games when we’ve not been able to fill the bench and that’s not good enough.”

The appointment offers much needed stability for Hawks, who have already this season sacked Pablo Asensio, seen successor Richard Hill join Aston Villa and watched stand-in Ben Strevens return to Eastleigh.

Reid was captain of Northampton and Barnsley, where he was given the job by Andy Ritchie.

He admits he previously had no desire to move into management.

The former Rangers defender said: “I’ve enjoyed it so far. I’ve been captain at every club I’ve played for so I’m used to running a changing room but this takes it one step further.

“I’ve spoken to people since taking this on and they are surprised I never thought about doing it before.

“I’m hopefully putting my message across and the lads have been as good as gold with me.

“It’s not easy making that transition from being one of the boys.”