John Warrington: A Footballing Journey
The Journey Begins
In my previous update I managed that I was going to apply for the Southport job on the recommendation of my Southport supporting friend and I'm delighted to say that the application was successful. I now have my first management job in the word of football, albeit a little lower down the leagues than I was expecting to start off with.
For those that don't know, Southport are currently playing in the National League North following relegation a few seasons ago. The club is a semi-professional club and is extremely basic in terms of facilities.
The board are looking for me to guide the club to a mid-table this season but my personal aim is for us to push for the playoffs.
Southport play their home games at Haig Avenue which holds 6,000 people. It's not a massive stadium but it suits the level that the club is currently at.
As you'd expect for a semi-professional side, our facilities are either basic or at best poor. Given that I want to be able to bring in young players from our development squads, improving our youth set-up will definitely be one of my priorities moving forward.
Finally we move onto the current squad. It's not a bad squad for this level but in my opinion its not anywhere near the level I want. My plan is to completely overhaul it in the next few months before the season starts in October.