JODY Banim has called for patience from Stafford Rangers fans as he looks for the players he thinks can drive the club towards the right end of the league table next season.
Two seasons of not just flirting with relegation, but taking it out on a date and buying it dinner, have left fans desperate for the good times to return to Marston Road.
New boss Banim has promised to deliver that, but has warned that there will not be sudden influx of new faces, especially given the current climate and uncertainty about when the 2020-21 campaign will get under way.
He has retained 11 players from last season’s squad for now, and now starts the task of working through his list of potential new targets to see who fits the Boro bill, and who he can persuade to come to the club.
He said: “I’ve got a huge list of players, it’s just a case of working through them.
“We wanted to give respect to the players who were here last season.
“Now it’s trying to nail down some new players. But players have got a lot of clubs to speak to.
“It’s a bit of a waiting game and the supporters have got to be patient.
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“I don’t want to rush into anything, the squad will evolve over the next couple of months and we’ll have a strong enough squad when we do resume to push on next season.”
Since Neil Kitching left the club, Boro have struggled to find any consistency in the Northern Premier League, although they did reach two consecutive Staffordshire Senior Cup finals, winning the 2019 edition before this year’s competition fell victim to the coronavirus.
The global pandemic did have one silver lining for the club though, as the Boro were stranded at the bottom of the table when the cessation of football across the world saw all non-league divisions choose to cancel the
2019-20 campaign, saving Stafford from relegation. Now Banim wants to give the fans something to cheer on the pitch.
“We need progression and to get a feel-good factor back,” he said.
“I’ve had people contact me and the over-riding emotion is they want a bit of excitement back, and a team giving their all on the pitch.
“Hopefully we can push the team towards the right end of the table. We want to be near the play-offs, but we’re starting with a blank canvas as well.
“I’m confident in my ability to recruit enough players to be doing that.
“What I can guarantee is the supporters will have a team that’s attractive to watch, that plays the right way with the right spirit, and fights for every single point and every blade of grass.”