Mossley AFC: The voice of the manager

MOSSLEY manager Dave Wild writes exclusively for the Correspondent and discusses plans for the 2019-20 campaign.

This pre-season is far removed to 12 months ago when I had just taken over the club and had to carry out a big rebuild.

The problem in the last two or three years was there had been a massive turnover of players.

The previous management did it their way – I have no issue with that – and I do things my way.

Last season we worked hard to create a settled side that fought in the higher reaches of the table, something we achieved.

I have seen no need to make wholesale changes this time and want to maintain the stability we have created.

I am looking to retain the core of last season’s side and I am confident I will be able to do that, though we may lose one or two because of their own personal commitments.

I want to add quality to improve the squad as we have done by signing former Oldham Athletic striker Ryan Brooke who had been my main target.

I know exactly what we need to improve as our downfall last season was a shortage of goals. If we had scored more, I have no doubt we would have gone up. And bringing in a player of Ryan’s quality should help address that issue.

I am looking to bring in two more players, a forward/winger on loan and a right back/defender.

My aim is to get a stable group of 18/19 players and to work with them throughout the season and help them to improve.

Whereas last summer was hectic, this summer has been far more relaxed and I have even been able to put my feet up for a couple of weeks to rest and recuperate.

Once we return to pre-season training on June 22 there will be no respite for another 10 months.

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