Boss starts plan to challenge for championship

Darren Jarvis

Darren Jarvis

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Darren Jarvis has revealed a vision for Holbeach United to challenge for the title next season.

The Tigers set the early pace last term but finished fourth – 23 points behind ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division champions AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Holbeach had applied for promotion but joint-bosses Graham Drury and John Chand resigned as the bid for a quadruple fell apart.

Jarvis and assistant Tom Roberts took over with plans already in place to maintain the Tigers’ bid for honours throughout next season.

Jarvis said: “We are now talking to players and trying to explain our vision for next season and the following two years.

“As a club we want to stay in the top four and challenge for the league title.

“All our plans are based on striving for that aim.

“Targets for other clubs may be different. Our budget won’t be the biggest in the league – indeed I’m not sure it would be in the top four – but it will enable us to compete for the title.

“This is where the good managers show their worth.

“We started planning for next season when we came on board.

“Clubs who have finished the season are now allowed to make contact with players so that process has begun.

“To be honest, though, the season never finishes because the summer is a busy time for managers.

“It’s exciting when you are speaking to players and that part of the job is enjoyable.

“The first hurdle is getting people to put pen to paper and once that is organised you can relax a little bit.

“The first league game of the season comes as a relief.

“In an ideal world you want to hit pre-season training at the end of June with the squad together but it never turns out that way because one or two players don’t want to commit until later.

“We always want to bring in fresh faces and we have already identified key areas where we want to strengthen the squad. We know where we need to improve.”