Ilford manager Allan Fenn sets realistic targets
PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 August 2017
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Ilford manager Allan Fenn believes his side’s targets have to realistic after the off-season the club has been through.
The Foxes were looking set to be promotion contenders, before being temporarily kicked out of the Essex Senior League, which saw them lose a handful of players and the boss knows he has to rebuild his side and settle for solidarity this season.
“We haven’t really got much of a team, our confidence is fragile, so what I would like to achieve this year is to get top half and maybe a cup and that would be great,” Fenn admitted.
“We want to win every game we can, try to win as many as we can, and that’s all we can do. We’re a club in its infancy and we’re trying to sort out all the off-field problems in pre-season and it’s still ongoing.”
The manager believes the club can’t set too many targets because of the summer they have had, but he does still expect big things, although he might have to add to the squad to achieve it.
“There is no huge target at the moment, we are just taking it game by game, week by week,” he added.
“The squad I have right now, there will probably be four or five different players in two weeks time.
“I expect things, my standards are high and we want to be winning every game and we want to be winning in every competition, but we’ve got to be realistic, change our objectives, change our targets, which was ideally promotion.”
Fenn is confident he can build the club back up to where they finished off last season (sixth) but knows it may just take some time, after a mixed start so far.
“I know we’re only a few games in, we understand that, but I think if we can just finish top half it will be progress,” he said.
“We have new players, they have got to get to know each other, it’s going to take a little bit of time and we’ve got two or three new players who haven’t trained with us so far.
“They’ve just gone straight into the team, so we’re in a bit of a muddle at the moment, but we will get it right.
“It might take a bit longer than we thought, but we will get it right.”