INTERVIEW: Jimmy Ginnelly Gives His Thoughts on the Eve of the New Season

INTERVIEW: Jimmy Ginnelly Gives His Thoughts on the Eve of the New Season

By Adam Etheridge
9th August
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The Gaffa sat down with Nathan Walker to speak about tomorrow's season debut...


When I joined Nuneaton Borough, it was to be the Manager and to help bring in some sponsorship and financial backing. Obviously since then, lots of things changed and I am now Chairman and Owner as well as Manager.

The last few months have been very hard work, but it has been worthwhile and we have achieved more than I could have imagined.

On the pitch, I feel our preseason squad building has gone a little better than I was expecting.

We now have a situation where we have two players for every position, which is what any Manager at this level would see as the ideal scenario.

We have attracted some quality players, with lots of experience at this level and higher.

There is still a chance that one, or even two, could gatecrash the squad before our first match, but on the whole I am very happy with the squad we have put together.

There have been a few players that have not played as much as I would want in the friendlies, but I would rather they missed a few friendlies and the first two games due to injuries than rush them back for friendlies and risk them missing even more league games.

Matt Sargent has not been fit enough to feature so far, but come Saturday, he will be fit enough to be our second choice keeper and put lots of pressure on Cam Belford for the number one shirt.

Joel Kettle hurt his thigh versus Walsall and has missed matches since then, but he is very close to a return and will be a massive asset to the club when he is fully fit.

We have not seen anything of Jack Byrne in the preseason matches as he is recovering from an ACL injury, but when he does get fully fit, he is going to be a massive player for us. He is a very talented player and will be one of the best players in this division when he's ready to go. He will be well worth the wait.

James Clifton has really impressed me since he joined us on trial and as a result we have offered him a deal for this season, which he has accepted. He really is a utility player for us. All Borough fans will know what he can do at right back, but he is more than good enough at centre half or central midfield to really make an impact for us.

One player we will not be seeing is Lewis Ison. Not long after agreeing to join us, he got a new job which meant he was not able to commit to us on Saturdays, so we shook hands and let him leave.

I know nine out of my 11 starters, fitness permitting, for our first game against Kings Langley.

The week before six players had cemented a starting spot, and three others have done so as a result of the last two games.

Kings Langley aren't a side I know that much about, just like they will not know much about us, but we watched them very closely on Saturday, and we have been looking at videos of some of their matches from the end of last season as well.

One thing that is certain is that we will be totally ready for the first game, the players and all the staff are all raring to go and everyone will know their jobs and exactly what I am expecting from them.

My backroom team of Dale Belford, Richard Lavery and Physio Jamie Capes have been working very hard, and that should reap rewards when we kick off.

Hopefully the people of Nuneaton will come out and support us, just like they have done ever since I took control of this club.

The response from the town has been unbelievable.

We have had lots of people sponsoring us, from stadium naming and sponsoring stands to buying advertising boards around the pitch. I have also been blown away by how many fans have backed us by sponsoring players.

But it is not just about pounds and pence where the community have really helped. There have been volunteers down the ground all summer making Liberty Way look great and the pitch looks amazing.

We can not get carried away about how far we have come in the past few months. There is still a long way to go before we can say we are out of trouble.

The events that have been been put on at the club have been a huge success. I have been surprised by how many people didn't know where we are, but the Maddies event, Bad Blood boxing and a couple of gigs have been huge successes, as was the Love Island final screening.

We have also been adding lots of junior teams to our club, which will help us become a focal point of the whole town, as well as giving hundreds of children a place to play football and make them part of the football club, what we're trying to tell everyone is we're about more than just the first team.

Add to that a few pool teams have moved to our social club, as well as a few Sunday morning football teams.

My plan after taking over as Owner and Chairman was to build a team of a dozen or so people who could help run the club. We are working on a share issue, but not all of those who have put money in want shares, or a seat on the new board I am putting together.

To the ones who do want a say in things, I offered to stand down as Chairman and allow someone else to come in and head the club, however, many of the team of backers said they had bought in to me personally, and wanted me to carry on as the Chairman, the face of the Club.

They have confidence in me continuing to bring in backers, bring in more supporters, bring in more events at the club, and I am determined not to let them down.

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