Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Michael Walther says season was about building a core

PUBLISHED: 16:39 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 10 May 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside manager Michael Walther admits this season was about laying the foundations and trying to find a core of a team.

The former Clapton boss joined Side at beginning of the season and has led them to a 16th place finish in the Essex Senior League just three points above the relegation zone.

Walther says it’s been a tough season as he has had to rebuild the squad from scratch but he now has a core of players for next season.

“We looked at it on the weekend and we decided we probably had to build four or five different sides through the season,” he said.

“With players going to different levels or some just not being at the right standard we had to keep changing things.

“We have gone through a lot of players I think we had about 90 in the end which is not ideal.”

Walther admits he knew his first season at the club would always be a tough one as he had to try finding a squad during the season.

“Maybe we should have expected to have a lot of changes in the first season as its new management and because of where we’re located as well.

“In the east London area it’s a real problem finding players with the right level of commitment or ability.

“A lot of players in the area who have the right attitude and ability are already playing at a higher level.

“I had the same issue at Clapton in my first season and I know it’s not until you can get a group of boys together who will fight for each other that you will have success.”

The boss believes he has a core of a squad to work with next season and now needs to add some quality to improve the team’s fortunes.

“We have a core of seven to eight players who are of the required level and are committed.

“Maybe two or three more who could be part of things but they still need some work.

“Hopefully if we can add some new faces to that we can push on and to be honest if we can do that before next season we have achieved what we set up to do and build a core of a team.

“We need to add midfielders as that was our weak point.”

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