Gary Mills says Gateshead can take inspiration from Leicester City

Gary Mills says Gateshead can take inspiration from last season's promotion near-miss, and from Leicester City

Ian Horrocks/Getty Images Gateshead FC boss Gary Mills
Gateshead FC boss Gary Mills

Gary Mills has challenged Gateshead to draw inspiration from last season - and follow the example he set at Leicester City.

During his playing career, the Foxes lost the old Division Two Play-Off Final in 1992 and the renamed Championship equivalent the following year.

However, Mills and co made amends in 1994, beating Derby County to claim promotion to the Premier League.

After May’s Conference play-off final heartache - when the Tynesiders lost to Cambridge United - the Heed manager says his side must use that defeat as similar motivation to go one better in the coming campaign.

“I was involved at a club which reached Wembley three times, three years running,” said Mills, who was hoping to complete the signing of left-back Ryan Wilson today.

“We lost the first two and won the third one and that takes a lot of mental strength. It was virtually the same set of players, apart from two additions.

“We had to go through that and the elation of winning at the thrid time of asking you can imagine.

“That’s how we have to be if we’re going to set out this season to win the league.

“That’s what we want to do, we want to win it. We don’t want to go to Wembley again, other than in the FA Trophy.

“If promotion does mean we have to go there again, then we have to go there again, be men and stand up to it.”

Gateshead welcome League One outfit Leyton Orient to the International Stadium tonight (7.30) and, having won five of their six pre-season friendlies so far, Mills is confident any hangover from last season is long gone.

He added: “I think so, I haven’t seen any reason to think any differently. I haven’t mentioned it, there’s no need.

“It’s a game we lost and it has to inspire you to go again.”

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