Barkingside boss Walther refuses to put pressure on his side ahead of Enfield clash
PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 March 2018
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Barkingside manager Michael Walther refuses to put the pressure on his men despite being in a relegation battle in the Essex Senior League, writes Jacob Ranson.
Side welcome Enfield to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to try and get away from the league’s bottom four.
Walther’s men re currently 15th in the table and three points above the drop zone, while their opponents are 13th and five points above the bottom four.
“From our point of view, I haven’t put any pressure on the boys all season, even when at one point we were third from bottom,” said Walther.
“We’ll go into the game on Saturday and again I won’t put any pressure on them as it’s almost the situation if you try and put more pressure on it can have an opposite effect where they’re so worried they don’t perform.
“I prefer to just give advice and to guide the players and try to take the pressure off.”
The former Clapton boss revealed he knows how Matthew Hanning’s men will set up and will be prepared for their tactics.
“What they generally do is they have a player up top and then they’ll probably have three players behind him, rotating their positions and trying to cause you problems,” he added.
“They normally then have two sitting midfield players and four at the back.
“We know most of their boys and again I think it will be another even game as we think we’re in a false position and Enfield I would think probably also think they’ve got a better team than the position they’re in.”
Walther also revealed he believes the relegation battle includes every team from 12th-placed Southend Manor.
“I was looking at it and I think from Southend Manor downwards everybody is fighting for their position in the table,” he said.
“For me, you’ve just got to show your experience and be a bit calm about things.
“As manager we’ll all have a time when we’ve got a team doing really well and another time when we’re fighting.
“What I will say is if you want to manage in the Essex Senior League you’ve got to be prepared to take the bad times with the good times.”
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