COLWYN BAY’S new interim manager Phill Hadland says he wants to get the team playing to their true potential as he prepares for his first game in charge away to in-form Clitheroe on Saturday.
The 36-year-old has moved up from assistant manager to take temporary charge following the club’s decision to part company with Paul Moore last weekend, and believes the current squad can be successful.
“It has been agreed by everybody at the club that with the quality of players we have here the team has been under-achieving,” he says.
“People say we are only five points off the top, but that is a bit misleading because leaders Lancaster City have three games in hand on us and Farsley Celtic have four, so in reality that gap could be as much as 14 points – and that is too many.
“We have not been nearly consistent enough with our performances or our results and that has to change.
“My job is to get the players to achieve their potential and get another 15 or 20 per cent out of each individual to win more games and be more consistent with our results – particularly at home where we have drawn too many games.
“At the moment I don’t see the need to change too much, just tweak a few things here and there. The rest is up to the players and they know they have to start delivering, or there will be changes.
“We’ve got two very tough games coming up at Clitheroe (unbeaten in their last seven games) on Saturday and then Trafford, who are the form team of the division at the moment (unbeaten in ten league games and the top scorers in all three divisions of the Evo-Stik). That will give a true reflection of where we are at the moment, because of the seven games we’ve played so far against teams in the current top nine in the table we have had only one victory (at home to Clitheroe in September).
“It was a real shock when Paul was sacked last weekend and, as his assistant, it has been a tough few days.
“I was surprised to be offered the job on a temporary basis, but this is a massive club and I couldn’t turn it down. I am ambitious and an opportunity like this might not come along again.
“But I’m not naïve enough to think that if results don’t improve there won’t be more changes.”
Chris Gahgan will be assisting Phill for the time being in his new role and the new boss added: “Tom Hardwick, as captain, will also play a big part along with the other experienced players in the squad, because I’m looking for more leaders on the pitch.”
For the Clitheroe game Jack Phillips is suspended after his two yellow cards against Prescot, and Tom Schofield is a major doubt with a knee injury, but top scorer Scott Bakkor (ankle) and Gaz Grant (illness) are expected to be fit to play.
International clearance has also finally come through for new keeper Karl Wills.
THE Reserves are away to Trearddur Bay (2pm kick off).