AFTER one false start, Tommy Cassidy is raring to go as he kicks off his Blyth Spartans regime, writes STEVE BROWN.
His players must be too, he says, as life at the Croft Park helm gets under way with a double-header, today and on January 2, against his old club Workington.
Blyth are bottom of Blue Square Bet North, seven points adrift of fourth-bottom Bishop’s Stortford and a further point and two places below Workington, where Cassidy enjoyed three promotions in six years.
But having succeeded Steve Cuggy at the Northumberland outfit, Cassidy – who saw his first game at home to Altrincham postponed due to a frozen pitch last week – says his players must be focused on claiming something from today’s trip to Cumbria.
“I was really disappointed the game against Altrincham was off,” Cassidy said.
“I really could have done with seeing the lads in a match situation. We trained indoors, and I’ve been able to see the lads a couple more times, but again it’s been indoors.
“That’s no substitute for a proper match, where you can pinpoint where things are going right and where things are going wrong. The surface is perfect, there’s no wind or rain. Then you go out and have to adapt to a muddy, bumpy pitch.
“So I want us to train more often, and at least once a week outside. That should help.
“I’ve seen enough to know the lads have ability, so there’s definitely something to work with. I’ve been impressed with their attitude so far.
“I’ve spoken to a few of them about why things have gone wrong. I’ve done that privately and individually, they’ve given me their honest opinions and they’ll stay private.
“But what I will say is that they’ve been very instructive, and given me an idea of how to move forward.
“No matter what’s said and done on the training pitch, what matters is what we do come 3pm on match day.
“We’ve got two massive games against my old club Workington, which is typical of the way football works. I had six great years there and it’ll be nice to go back and see some old friends.
“But it’s more important we put what’s gone on before behind us and do everything we can to get a couple of wins.”