HELLENIC LEAGUE: No quick fix for boss Turner
SHRIVENHAM boss Dave Turner has admitted there no magic wand he can wave in a bid to solve his side’s slump in form due to the lack of a playing budget at the club.
Following Wednesday night’s 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Highmoor, Shrivvy are without a league win since September 3 and have slipped to 17th in the Hellenic Premier table.
Turner is one of a handful of managers in the league without a budget to pay players and although he knows there is no quick fix the former Bassett boss is thoroughly enjoying his job.
“It’s going to be a long season because we are the only club around Swindon not paying, we haven’t got a budget so we end up with players other teams don’t want,” he said.
“If you have a budget you can cherry pick who you want and the rest of us have to fight over what’s left, but the ones I have got are absolutely terrific and I’m over the moon with them.
“I knew how tough it would be and they knew it too, and that can’t change and there is no magic wand to wave. We are prepared for that and we will deal with it.
“It takes two or three years to build a team and that’s something which isn’t going to change, but we have a good honest bunch of players and I really enjoy it here and I’m happy with my lot.
“Other people’s expectations may be different and they may not live in the real world, but we will keep going.”
Shrivvy host the league’s bottom side, Abingdon Town, tomorrow afternoon in a vital clash for both sides and Turner knows it will be a tricky battle.
“It’s a tough game, like every game in this division, because nobody gives you anything, but it’s another good opportunity to pick up some points,” he said.
“Saturday can’t come quick enough for us, even though we have played a lot of games, and we are focused on Saturday and not what came before.
“If we could pick up three points that would be brilliant but we know it’s going to be hard.”
Turner has a selection headache after Luigi Hernandez, Matthew Pill and Dave Coleman’s promising displays from the bench in the loss to Highmoor, but it’s a headache he’s pleased to have.
“To be honest we were beaten by the better team, they deserved to win, and for 40 minutes we matched them before they proved too strong for us,” he said.
“It’s gone, we move on, but the morale was good and there were some positives because everyone kept going to the end.
“I threw three subs on and they all played really well and that gave me a massive selection headache for this weekend, and I suppose I’m glad of that.
“All three are good enough to start and we have a good bench so I have the right sort of squad, although you are always looking for one or two more.”
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