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Warrington Town boss Shaun Reid aiming to repay the faith of club's board
Shaun Reid has his eye on becoming the first Town manager to earn promotion into the Evo-Stik Premier Division
SHAUN Reid believes it is time for him to repay the faith shown by Warrington Town’s board of directors.
As the Yellows prepare to kick-start their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North campaign at newcomers and reigning Northern League champions Darlington 1883 on Saturday, kick off 3pm, the manager is well aware his new-look side will come under scrutiny from a leadership desperate for progress.
“This is my second full season now, and one where I am really looking to implement what I have been planning,” he said.
“Last season was tough, as I let go a lot of players and have been rebuilding since.
“The directors have backed me in that, and now it is time for me to repay the faith that they have shown.”
Town have struggled to break into the league’s top tier despite promising fans success for several years, but Reid is hopeful this Town side will be the one that not only fights for a play-offs place, but the title too.
New signings Craig Robinson, Connor Millington, Craig Dootson, Ben Wharton, James Short and the reappearance of former favourite Chris Gahgan show Reid’s plans have been backed financially by club’s board, who recently revealed their ‘2020 Vision’ to turn the club into a Football League outfit inside seven years.
The idea of earning four promotions in that time might have some managers running for the hills, but not Reid.
“There is a saying in football that if you stand still you go nowhere,” he said.
“Warrington is a great town, a big town, and there is enough space for a Football League club.
“It is pressure but that is why I am here. I am here to win things.”
But first Town will have to negotiate a tough opening to the season, one that has them facing several of the sides tipped for the title inside the first few weeks.
Saturday’s trip to Darlington 1883 will be hostile in front of up to 2,000 home fans more used to Football League opposition, but Reid thinks this early chance to prove themselves will show the league that Warrington Town are serious in their bid to challenge.
“It will be great to start the season there. This is the sort of game that the lads want to play in,” said Reid, who has set his team a target of around 20 points from their first 10 games.
“There are two ways to approach it; you can look at it with trepidation or you can rub your hands together and look forward to it.
“The lads are buzzing for it and that is what I like to see.”