The Business End

March 3, 2013

 

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Ken Masters

 

 AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES INTO MARCH AND WITH THE WINTER WORST BEHIND US, MOST FOOTBALL CLUBS IN THE LEAGUE WILL BE DOWN TO TEN MATCHES OR LESS TO PLAY.

Clubs that have been up there all season long have been known to get the collywobbles, slip out of the automatic places and come a cropper in the play offs. Other clubs have a tendency to make a late run for the play offs and maintain their form to clinch promotion.

 At the other end of the table clubs that have struggled from the off work hard to climb out of it whilst others lose their confidence at the wrong time, find themselves in trouble and can’t find enough form to avoid the dreaded drop having looked relatively safe all season. It’s just as well to look at the form table of the last six games rather than the current overall positions to get a real feel as to how things will pan out at the end of the day. We are now at the business end of the season. Club managers, coaches and senior players will be expressing delight or concerns depending on how the run in is looking for them and all will be doing everything they can in each and every remaining game to keep their players up for the final challenge. The Web serves well to watch reactions to twists and turns that are inevitable over the coming weeks of frantic football activity.

Former Rovers captain Adam Barrett is now skipper at high riding Gillingham and says on the Gills web site that his present club are focused on the promotion objective. Gillingham took all three points away from home last Saturday to make it a club record of 11 wins on the road. Adam says:

“It is an unbelievable record and one that we are extremely proud of.”

I would think so Adam; 11 wins at home by the end of February adds up to a decent season in the making for quite a lot of clubs.

The Sheffield Star web reckons that the transition from player to coach is a tricky one and point to Paul Warne of Rotherham United. Ten months ago the former Rotherham United striker decided to call it a day and to take up a coaching role at the club. Now Warne is the Millers development coach. His role includes working with the club’s youngsters, reserves and first team players. Paul has this to say, “Coaching is ridiculously stressful, particularly on matchdays,”

We have all seen the Rotherham dugout on match days Paul and we understand exactly what you are saying. Quite often Warne takes his work home with him.

“The kids have noticed a change in me; I always seem to be on the phone when I am at home now,” he said. “I have found it hard to switch off and relax.”

All the very best Paul and learn to handle it. Football needs good up and coming well qualified and keen coaches at League level.

All change at Aldershot where the Hampshire club have thrown a final dice in their efforts to avoid Conference football next season. Former Brentford and Rotherham boss Andy Scott was appointed manager just two days after Dean Holdsworth was sacked, with the club lying 20th and in the same position as when he took over in January 2011. Dean reckons a new manager coming in is stressful for the players; more stress! Anyway BBC Surrey reports that the new manager has been pleased with the way his players have handled the swift change in management. After one week in charge Scott had this to say, “It’s been a tough week for the players with three games, and three terrific results, so the credit has got to go to them, they have given their all.”

“We tried to give them a positive attitude, and wanted to get them to express themselves and give themselves a bit of freedom” he continued. Striker Danny Hylton believes that Scott’s methods could prove useful as his side fight to save themselves from relegation. We shall see, the business end is a different ball game and Andy Scott’s Aldershot will be fighting to the end, we can be sure of that. Nice for BBC Surrey to be showing such an interest; quick check and yes Aldershot is in Hampshire, but not far from the Surrey border to be fair.

Breaking news on the Web:

Former Rovers Assistant Manager John Still is expected to leave League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge to become boss at non league Luton Town, replacing former Rovers manager Paul Buckle.

What effect will this have on the Daggers if it is true? We are at the business end of the season, sit back, take it all in and enjoy!

 

 

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