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A Season Of Change - 10 August

Bucks Free Press interview with, Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East, Penn & Tylers Green manager Gareth Williams.

A brief background of your time in football - as player and coach? – I started at Maidenhead Youth before playing for Holmer Green, then Penn for a few seasons, before returning to Holmer Green as assistant first team manager, eventually becoming player manager of the reserves, after 3 seasons I took the first team managers job at Chalfont Wasps, which I did for 2 seasons before accepting the Penn job this season.

- What was behind the decision to accept the Manager's position at Penn and Tylers Green FC? – A few reasons, it felt familiar, as id captained Penn when I was a player and enjoyed my time there, also you could see the ambition the club was showing, the new pitch and ground improvements have transformed the place, and the plans for the future make it an exciting place to be, the committee have done an amazing job, it was an honour to be asked.

- How do you feel about taking over from Giovanni Sepede? - It was always going to be tough, Gio and Jimbo have turned the club from one where winning the league was always just out of reach, into one where winning was expected, it’s not easy to change the mentality of a club, but that’s what they achieved, luckily Gio is still involved with the club, and he’s been a great source of support in pre-season .

- Have you brought in a new backroom team? Who are they and what do you hope they will bring? – I’m delighted with the management team this year, in the first team I brought Gary Simpson along from Wasps, and we promoted Neil Cannings from the very successful Penn Reserve team, and in the development team, Nigel Miller has taken charge along with Penn stalwarts Jack Harding and Luke Belson, we can also call on Lee Sturgeon and Darren Jones from the youth team, this gives the players a huge support network and plenty of good experience to draw on.

- Your pre-season results look promising, what are you most excited about this season? – Well it’s not been a perfect pre-season by a long shot, we’ve lost all but 2 of last year’s first team, some only a few days before the season starts, and there have been some very tough weeks, we had to completely change our goals for the season, from transition to total squad rebuild, but the games and performances have been decent, we have recruited well, and the new lads have shown great positivity and promise, the season will probably start too early for us, but we are working hard to be ready!

- What are the potential challenges you foresee? – Basically gelling the new lads together, creating a new team and style, also we have to get used to the new pitch and ground at Amersham, we need to make it feel like home, this season our division is as strong as I remember, there are a lot of good teams, we need to work hard towards our goals and be patient. 

- What is your manager's philosophy? - I like to watch my team play good football, we like to play out from the back when able, but also play mixed football when its required, exciting going forward and aggressive on both sides of the ball.

- What is your target/vision for this season? – Our vision is simple, we are building a team capable of winning the league on our home pitch at Penn next season, we have no expectations or set targets for this season, we will patiently and selectively recruit the right players to be able to fulfil this, we are looking for young hungry players who are looking to prove themselves and buy into the club, the right attitude is key, we will work hard to give them everything they need to do well, we expect the right commitment in return.


New Management For Penn & Tylers Reserves

With the promotion of Neil Cannings to the First Eleven management team Penn & Tylers Green were looking for a new team to take control of the Reserves.

They are delighted to announce that Nigel Miller (pictured left), the former first team Goalkeeping Coach will manage the team for the 2018/19 season in Division Two East. Former first team Captain and team Penn & Tylers Green FC legend Jack Harding will be Player/Assistant Manager.

Commenting on the appointments, Chairman Tony Hurst said: “We are delighted that we have retained the services of Nigel and that we are welcoming Jack Harding back into the fold. Nigel has been working towards his UEFA coaching licences over the last year and this is a great opportunity for his first steps into senior club management. Having Jack along side him is a very positive move and one we are delighted with.”


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