FA Trophy Final
When I took the job of manager of Grimsby Town of the Skrill Premier I didn’t even take the time to look at what the expectations of me would be. After reaching the final of the FA Trophy, I felt that it would probably be a good idea to look at what the board of directors expected the club to achieve by the end of the season. This would then allow me to determine our priorities as a club; I had to decide whether the FA Trophy was an important competition or whether we should have a sole focus of doing well in the league. When looking at the expectations set by the board of directors, and the pretty bare trophy cabinet, it is clear that yes it is important to do well in the league and aim to achieve promotion but it is probably more vital to any future success I have as a manager and Grimsby Town have as a club that we win some silverware; even if it is just the FA Trophy.
In terms of the club, they haven’t won anything for years and the fans instead have had to get use to their team playing in the lower leagues for some time. A good cup run and a trophy at the end of it can help to really rally the fans behind the players which can then help breed future success. From a managers point of view, and when considering the aims of this story, even if we won the trophy it is not going to get me too much recognition by future employers. Potential employers aren’t going to sit there and think, “oh he won the FA Trophy, we definitely have to employee him, there is no-one better if he has won the FA Trophy.” However, it is the first potential trophy on my CV and with me falling into the same trap as I did with my Rotherham United team back on FM13, which is actually starting to like managing Grimsby Town despite not wanting to be there long term, I do feel it is important for me and the club to get this trophy in our cabinet and not Chelmsford City’s.
Despite it being one of the most boring cup finals I have ever witnessed on this game, it is brilliant to have put our hands firmly on the cup. We failed to dominate the possession and in fact found it very difficult to get into the match and I felt we always seemed to be on the back foot. What mattered though was that we managed to put away one of the thirteen chances we had on a goal. Of course it had to be Liam Hearn who stole the show with a cool finish mid way through the first half. Hearn is starting to become the Alex Revell (my main player from my time at Rotherham United) of Grimsby Town. He is a hard worker and will always come up with the goods when you need him to and we definitely needed him in this match.
The board of directors and fans are delighted with our success in the competition and it has made my job just that little bit more secure according to them. However, the media are still suggesting the jury is still out as to whether I am the man to bring success to Grimsby Town or whether the directors made a mistake hiring me in the first place. I guess I had better go on and challenge for the league title and achieve promotion then just to shut them up.