With the manager’s shock resignation just days after the play off final, there was no time to sit back and put our feet up before pre-season kicks off. The number one priority was making sure we were quick off the mark to get plenty of time to interview and select the right candidate to take us forward. We are a great believer in everything happening for a reason, and hopefully with the man we have chosen, we can take this club to the next level. After two or three seasons coming agonisingly close to creating so many memories for players and fans alike, we hope that this time we can go one better.
After two and a half weeks of back to back interviews with over 17 applicants to get through, we have found an exciting new manager, who brings a wealth of professionalism to the club who was attracted to the club because of how we’re set up and run ourselves over the last few years, not living beyond our means and trying to build an academy that will continue our success of bringing through exciting, young players to play fast free flowing football that took us all the way to last season’s final.
As expected, when a manager leaves you are going to lose players. We as a board wish all of last season’s players and Adam all the very best in their new adventures and of course thank them for their commitment over the past two to three seasons, sharing a special journey with us and as we said, creating some great memories along the way. A big thanks must also go to the players who have stuck around, took the time to speak to the new manager and are keen to earn their place in the squad for the 2018/19 season. We appreciate fans are eager to hear names of new signings etc but players cannot be officially registered until July, so once the manager is happy with his squad and has the players pledged, they will be officially announced through the usual channels. The last thing we want to do is announce a signing who ends up either not In the manager’s plans or heading off elsewhere. However, we are delighted to announce that there will be a familiar face in the dugout next season as Dennis Rhule has agreed to stay on and work with Ian, continuing to keep the players fitter than a lot of opposition teams, which played a big part in last year’s success.
The pre-season schedule is taking shape and will be announced next week. We are still working on trying to fit around the planned maintenance on the pitch which means we are unable to get on the pitch until 21st July. It's very frustrating when you have the opportunity of a headline fixture but can't fit them in around the ground works and the Lincolnshire County Cup. Furthermore, we have also had teams re-arranging around the World Cup, so again, announcing them any earlier would have resulted in a host of rearrangements. The only silver lining we have is knowing in the back of our minds we have one of the best pitches in the league and we won't be cancelling fixtures week in week out because we have people to look after the pitch and give it the recovery time needed to handle any fixture pile-up.
So to finish we will just say please don't panic! There is a lot going on behind the scenes and you can expect a lot of news over the next few weeks regarding pre-season fixtures, players, season tickets, sponsorship deals, kit any anything else you can think of! We guarantee it will have been discussed in the last few weeks since the season finished. So let's carry on where we left off, get behind the manager and his new team and let's go again!
Updated 09:45 - 27 Jun 2018 by Simon Hayes