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Ardley: Quick turnaround required

Boss seeking improvements

12 March 2021

Neal Ardley says he understands supporters’ current frustrations and is more determined than ever to lead us to promotion.

The team has been on a run of disappointing results and performances of late – one Ardley is hoping to end when we visit Wealdstone on Saturday.

And the boss has no qualms with some of the recent criticism leveled at him and his side.

“I totally understand fans’ frustrations,” he said. “I haven’t enjoyed watching us play recently – I really haven’t.

“It’s not down to a lack of hard work on the training field, but we’ve not looked enough of a threat going forward. I’d be disappointed if I was a fan.

“My job is to turn it around and I hope I can do that quickly so the supporters can forget about this blip.

“It’s going to take effort and togetherness. From the staff down, we’re in it together. There’s no blame culture – I take full responsibility and I’m doing all I can to get the best out of this group of players.

“Only recently we were passing it well and scoring brilliant team goals against Solihull and Stockport. All of a sudden, we now can’t seem to string three passes together and look a poor side.

"It’s my job to sort that out.”

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Ardley and his staff are finalising their preparations for the trip to Grosvenor Vale and it remains to be seen whether new signing Lewis Knight will be part of his plans.

“We’ve had discussions about him and have talked to him personally,” revealed Ardley.

“He’s an honest lad and he feels he’s probably not ready to start. He’s got work to do.

“Putting him on the bench is a Catch-22 situation because, even if he gets 15 minutes’ game-time, you lose a weekend where he could have been working hard on his fitness.

“If he’s not in the squad it’ll be because we’re trying to get his levels where they need to be.”


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