Yates - Time To Turn To Youth
Having talked about our younger players in recent weeks, and having slowly brought a few into the first team fold during games of late, manager Mark Yates said that our team this weekend for the final game of the campaign would have a very young feel to it as he looks to next season.
Speaking to the Official Site Yates obviously also talked about assistant manager Neil Howarth who will be moving on this summer.
Starting with Howarth, the gaffer said.
'I have been working with Neil for 8 and a half years and he has been brilliant for me and brilliant for this football club whilst he has been here. I would like to go on record and thank him for that.'
Yates goes on to say that having agreed in principle his one year extension with the club, he wasn't 'happy' with the decision made by Howarth because of him being a friend and a key colleague within the club, but he knows he has to respect the decision made and get on with it basically.
'Neil has been a rock for me and it's a shame we won't be together but we both know that's football and I'd like to thank him and wish him well with whatever he does next.'
As for the game more specifically, Yates says it's the perfect chance to go out on the season with something to smile about.
'A decent home performance, which there hasn't been enough of, will go some way towards getting some of the frustration out of the season. We want to put some smiles back on everybody's faces and that's what we are trying to do. We want to give everyone a bit of hope and belief that we are going to be good enough to put something together next season but also finish this season with three points, on a bit of a high and maybe move up one or two places as well.'
Speaking of our last match, and Joe Hanks, the gaffer praised him working hard during the game but warned that nobody should get too carried away as 'he couldn't do any worse than what was put out there in the first half' saying he thought the midfield was inept, but Hanks came on and did give us some strength and impetus and he was pleased with that, but obviously he has a way to go and development still to do.
'Joe came in, strengthened us, showed what determination, grit and hard work can do, but he also has a pass in him as well. There's one or two kids who are going to get a chance tomorrow so hopefully they will take it. One or two deserve a chance and they will get that.'