With no disrespect towards any Boston United fans out there, but they aren’t exactly a club that have revelled in success. In fact their trophy cabinet is pretty bare with them having languished in the lower division since their creation. On arrival at the club it was clear that I was taking on board a group of players low on confidence that had clearly underperformed so far this season. The team had found themselves in the relegation zone without any plan on getting out of it. The club had taken the tough decision to replace the manager with myself and have placed high expectations on me; the board of directors expect me to guide the club to a top half finish from a relegation zone starting point. This is not a new challenge to be as I have accomplished a league win from a relegation zone starting point with Notts County. However, Boston do lack quality players and are very thin in terms of depth.
I have to admit I was quite nervous heading into my first few games. I don’t know anything about the club, the players or whether I would meet the expectations set of me. You can imagine my delight at coming to the end of my first month with five league wins under my belt, which has rocketed the club up to a more respectable 10th place. It has been a brilliant start with the potential of our positive run of games continuing for some time to come. Looking back on this month it makes me feel a lot more confident about achieving the aims we have as a club and if the likes of Marc Newsham continue to play at a high standard, we will do it no problem. Newsham’s attributes as you can see are far from Lionel Messi but they are pretty good for the division that we find ourselves. You know that when he is running through on goal that he will get it on target more times than not and he is playing with a lot of confidence.
The rest of the team have contributed significantly with us stopping any attacks from the opposition swiftly. The game against Doncaster just wasn’t a contest and it went how it was expected to. I will continue with the ethos I had on FM14 that I don’t care much for domestic cup competitions but instead want to focus our efforts on league position. The defence have really shut up shop and not let any opposition have a sniff at our goal. With Newsham up front and the defence playing so confidently and well together, it could end up being a pretty good season for Boston United.
Player of the Month – Marc Newsham