Quitting? Not me, says manager Reid

Wednesday 16th March 2022 5:00 pm
Farnham’s Arsen Ujkaj flies into a tackle against Horley
Farnham’s Arsen Ujkaj flies into a tackle against Horley (Farnham Town )

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FARNHAM TOWN manager Tony Reid has hit back at suggestions he is ready to quit – and says he is already working on next season.

In the Herald last week, he said he needed to ‘re-assess’ a few things.

Some took that to mean he was ready to walk out only a couple of months after taking the helm.

After a successful start, results have dropped off – and last weekend they went down 1-0 to Horley.

But Reid says he has no intention of walking away – and intends injecting his squad with the same levels of commitment he shows to the job.

Town had a depleted side for the match against Horley and Reid said: “ We had people away on holiday and with family commitments.

“At this level, that’s expected – the higher you go up, the more professional it gets.

“If we were playing for something this season, and we had players not available, that would be very disappointing. There’s no excuse but it is what it is.

“It’s something I will be ironing out in pre-season. I’ve had the players for only two months. With some I have to re-evaluate their mentality– I need to put things in place fior next season.

“When I said I wanted to re-evaluate things, people asked if I was leaving. No, I’m not.

“People need to look at what was happening here before I arrived. I have put the players through an intense time. We needed to weed out the weaker ones – not just the physically weak, it’s about their mentality as well.

“Some players are used to playing at this level, but I am not. I have come from a background from the Conference down, so my mentality is different.

“People read into my comments last week that I was quitting but I have always had in my mind that this is a building process.

“Pre-season I’m going to start from scratch and get them conditioned the right way – not just playing wise but how they think as well, and how seriously they take the game.

“I’ll see things out to the end of the season and then recruit what I need.

“I came in with a plan to look at all the players here. I have done that – I’ve looked at every single player and not a single one can say they have not had the opportunity.

“I’ll need to bring in five or six new players. When we have been at full strength, we have been able to compete and put the fear factor into clubs.

“But when teams notice that some of those players are not in our team, they know they’ve got a half a chance.

“We need to make sure that when we don’t have our big guns, the players I bring in can step up to the challenge. We need a squad that if we miss two or three players, the ones we bring in are good enough to ensure we maintain that level of consistency.

“We have a break this weekend and I hope it gives us time to get players back and to make a new start.

“We had to shuffle things last week – we had a right back playing left back and I brought in an under-23 player.

“Going forward is okay but the problem is when their supply is cut. If we don’t have that supply from the middle three or the front three, it’s a losing battle.”

Underlining the inconsistency in the line-up, Connor Beattie was the seventh goalkeeper to play for Town this season. The one moment of quality in the game came from Horley, with Ethon Archer pulling the ball back for substitute Karl Parker to slot home.


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