MAGPIES: Heath calls for a new vision

FRESH APPROACH: Magpies' assistant-manager Stuart Heath

FRESH APPROACH: Magpies' assistant-manager Stuart Heath

First published in Local Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

STUART Heath has revealed that Dorchester Town’s players will start work on giving the club a new “identity” when they return for pre-season training today.

The Magpies’ assistant-manager and boss Phil Simkin welcome the squad back after their summer break, six weeks before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

After relegation from the Conference South last term, Heath insists that the club “can’t have two bad seasons in a row”.

And to combat the possibility of another poor showing, the Magpies’ management have worked to formulate a fresh approach for taking on the challenges that lie in store.

“We’re trying to make things as organised as possible so we can get the best out of the players for when the season starts on August 9,” said Heath.

“Near the end of last season we felt the club, from the first team down, needed a clearer playing approach.

“We are hoping to get a clearer identity of how Dorchester Town teams play.

“If we have that and implement it in training then it makes for players playing with confidence and conviction.

“We’ll be working on that in pre-season and hopefully it will give us a chance next season.

“It’s something that the players have to buy into. It won’t work overnight, it takes time, and it needs players to commit to it.”

He went on to add: “The management have worked hard in the off season and it’s up to us to get across to the players what we want.

“It’s a clear indicator of how we want our team to play, how to approach games and how to play in certain positions.

“We have been looking at what players we have got and what style suits us best, and what we think will get us results.

“We need to do the same with the reserves and Under-18s so we have that continuity.”

Heath added that the club will be looking to make more signings before the Southern Premier League season commences.

But, whoever joins the club, Heath knows there can’t be a repeat of last season.

“Everyone at the club needs to step up to the plate and there can be no excuses when the aim is to have a better season,” he said. “We can’t have two bad seasons in a row.

“You don’t deserve to be at the club if you do, everyone knows that, and the aim is to get the club back on track and start making Dorchester value for money to watch.”

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