New Poynton FC manager Ed Haslam is already counting down to the start of the new season.
When the 1st Team squad return to pre-season training in the next few weeks it will be a fresh new start for the club following some a couple profile departures over the summer.
Andy Hurst stood down as manager following the Stockport Cup victory over High Lane and that was followed by the departure of club captain Jake Wright – who signed for North West Counties League side Cheadle Heath Nomads.
“When I first joined Poynton FC this time last year as assistant manager I was so impressed with their infrastructure, ambitions and goals – so when Mark Warburton offered me the first team managers role, I couldn’t say no.” said Haslam.
“Andrew Hurst played a huge role in bringing me over and I know it’s big shoes to fill but I can’t wait to get started. I’m delighted that Andy Cowley is staying on as assistant manager. I’d still like to bring in a first team coach to complete our management team.” he added.
Poynton start their pre-season campaign with some behind closed doors friendlies before games against Manchester Central, Maine Road, Dukinfield Town and Old Alts. The new Cheshire League season kicks off August 3rd.
Haslam is confident that the club is moving forward. “The club are currently going through their biggest pitch development in ten years, the youth teams are full of talent and the reserves are pushing the first team lads for every position – the future is bright.”
“I’ve managed to retain all of the current squad but unfortunately club captain, Jake Wright has decided to leave the club and has signed for local rivals Cheadle Heath Nomads; Jake is a fantastic lad and a brilliant player, the whole club wish him well and thank him for his services… he knows we’d still welcome him back with open arms if things didn’t work out.”
This means that the club will nee to appoint a new club captain and vice captain and Haslam is hoping to announce these appointments soon. He has also been very busy building a stronger squad ahead of the new campaign.
“I am looking to bring it 5 or 6 new players; these players have been identified and all will start preseason with us on July 6th, fingers crossed we can secure them and bluster our squad even further. If we can secure these signatures and with the pitch improvements, I’ve no doubt we’ll challenge on all fronts.”
“After speaking regularly with Jon Hudson (Poynton FC Reserve Team Manager), he has challenged his lads to break into the first team and under his guidance, I’ve no doubt this will happen. Jon has impressed me with his commitment and desire since I have arrived.”
“I hope we can do this club proud, I can’t wait to get started.”