Football: East Thurrock boss reveals plans for future

East Thurrock

EAST Thurrock United boss John Coventry has revealed some of his plans for the future.

He was speaking to the club website.

John Coventry said:

“With a potential move to a new ground in the pipeline, which will hopefully place the club closer to the heart of the local community, we see an ideal opportunity to further strengthen the structure of the Rocks growing youth system.

Last seasons relegation from the National League showed up how difficult it is to compete at that level, so we have to look at alternative ways of bringing players into the senior side. Even though it’s not going to be an overnight solution I would like to eventually have in place a system which would enable local youngsters to work their way through all age groups and into our senior sides.

We would like to be in a position to be able to maybe return to the National League at some time in the future, but we must find a way of achieving this other than paying out large amounts on bringing players in. With limited finances, and disappointing attendances, I’ve had to operate with a very small squad compared to other clubs. As a result, there were occasions last season where we have had to go into games with a squad of just twelve or thirteen players, so I feel it’s really important to have hungry young local players, with a genuine affinity with the club registered with the senior side as we move forward.

As a start, I intend to bring our current under 16s manager John Coventry (junior) into the first team set-up. John (pictured) has been coaching at youth level for around ten years now, and is ready to take his coaching ability to another level. Being involved with the first team, and seeing our first team coach Kem IZZET working with the players will give John invaluable experience into how a senior side is run.

“I look forward to welcoming John to the first team set-up when the players return for pre-season training in early July”.

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