New Frickley Athletic boss Spencer Fearn has outlined his plans at the club and has promised fans they will see a hard working team with players who have pride in the shirt.
Ahead of last night’s fans’ forum when he was due to meet supporters for the first time since taking over from Karl Rose, the new manager assured all Frickley followers that planning was already under way to create a team that would pull together.
While he was not prepared to predict promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier at the first attempt, Fearn believes there is great potential at the club.
Fearn told the Express: “I am not one to make predictions, but all I can say is that the lads we have will give their all for Frickley Athletic because they’re the type of players I’ve managed previously at Maltby.
“We want technically good players, but the most important thing is that they show desire and a pride to play for the club.
“It will be a team that will certainly work hard, there’s no two ways about that because all the teams I’ve run previously have always given 100 per cent.
“It will be a middle of the road type of budget we’ve got and it’s up to us to work that and do the best we can.
“I think the immediate thing is stabilising, having a good season, having some success, whether that’s in the league or in the cup competitions – we will be competing on five fronts, including the Hallamshire Cup.
“The aim obviously is to get the club promoted, whether that’s going to happen in the first year who knows.
“But it’s about us getting into the club and creating a platform. The work that Ryan (McKnight) is doing is to try and bring more money into the club, which obviously helps the playing budget.
“It won’t be an overnight thing, it’s something we need to spend a bit of time on, but obviously the aim to help us get back into the Premier Division and hopefully push on from there.”
Fearn is hoping his boardroom experience at Scottish League club East Stirling and one-time English Football League club Stockport County plus his management at Maltby Main will stand him in good stead for the Frickley job.
He said: “Off the field, East Stirling was a wonderful experience. I had four brilliant years there and probably the most successful time in the club’s history. It wasn’t down to me it was down to myself and the people there, it was a team effort and I worked with some fantastic managers, such as Jim McInally, who’s at Peterhead now.
“Stockport County wasn’t the greatest experience in fairness. Hindsight is a great thing and I shouldn’t have got involved. But I did and the work that Ryan and myself did in spite of making some unpopular decisions has meant the club’s still’s here as opposed to going under.
“They operate in the Conference North and they were Conference Premier when we were there, but at least there’s still a football club at Stockport and a lot of fans recognise that.
“That experience off the field has been invaluable and I have worked with Sheffield Wednesday for three years as part of their community foundation as well.
“In terms of the management I’m three years in now, that’s the route I’m going down and that’s what I’m interested in. I’ll have my UEFA B licence in August and I’m doing a coaching and performance degree with Anglia University.
“I spend a lot of time around good coaches, learning as I go along. Maltby’s been a great experience, they’ve had the best couple of seasons they’ve had for the 20-odd years. For me this is a step up in levels at Frickley, as Maltby was when I first went there. It’s about me learning as much as I can about the league and the players in the league. I’ve got a decent knowledge any way, but you can certainly learn more and one thing I certainly will do is put a lot of hard graft into it and do the best I can.”