Haywood after stability at Ilford
PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 June 2013
New Ilford manager Martin Haywood insists promotion back to the Ryman League is not the be all and end all.
Haywood takes over as the Foxes boss following their relegation to the Essex Senior League under Kevin Lucas last season.
And though a return to the Ryman One North at the first time of asking would be great, Haywood believes the Cricklefield-based club need to get some stability in place.
“It’s not all about the first team,” said Haywood. “It is about the club as a whole, trying to work on its set up and structure.
“We need to get people coming back over to Ilford and enjoying a good afternoon at the club with some decent football on the pitch.
“Promotion would be great, but every other team in the league will be looking to do that. It’s not absolutely desperate that we go back up at the first time of asking.”
Haywood has plied his trade within the youth set up at fellow Essex Senior League club Barking and though the bulk of his squad will be young, he knows they’ll need to be a few experienced heads.
“A lot of them will be youngsters, who are hungry and want to make their way in the game,” he added.
“That will give us a good base and I know there is a need to have some experience amongst that as well.”
Haywood is currently trying to assemble his backroom staff, while also looking to pencil in pre-season friendlies.
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