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Match analysts form part of Spalding United's backroom staff for the new season

Manager Lewis Thorogood wants to make Spalding United’s set-up as professional as possible after making new additions to his backroom team.

The Tulips will have the services of two match analysts for their Northern Premier League South East Division games next season.

Thorogood believes they will be ‘fantastic’ additions to help his management team of Graham Almond and Neal Spafford.

Lewis Thorogood and Graham Almond. (38438817)
Lewis Thorogood and Graham Almond. (38438817)

The Tulips have also appointed a new assistant sports therapist to help Jordan Bates, the club’s head of medical, and Thorogood feels the new arrivals will be an integral part of his plans for the new campaign.

He said: “We will have two match analysts accompanying the management team next season as part of their degrees.

“It’s a fantastic addition to the club and my backroom staff.

“I am trying to ensure that the set-up is as professional as it can be and, with all due to respect, probably more than it has been before.

“For me it’s about having the right people in and having the right people around you.

“It’s about having the right resource and expertise to tap into. A manager will not be successful on his own. He needs the right people and right support around him.

“It is vital and I’m really pleased with the people who are coming on board to support me and give me the data that I need to improve the players and the way in which we play.

“People might think it’s a bit over the top at step four of non-league football, but I totally disagree with that.

“If you want to move forward then you have to get these things in place.

“I am doing this respectfully on a shoestring budget. We’re not a club which has tens of thousands of pounds to swill around doing this and the other.

“I’m being sensible from my perspective about what we can bring in but ensuring we are as professional as possible.”

Thorogood is hoping the newcomers will help the Tulips improve their league standing from previous seasons.

Spalding were 16th in the 20-team South East Division last season when the coronavirus pandemic ended their campaign, having finished the previous year just one place and four points above the relegation zone.

Thorogood added: “We do have aspirations to go as high as we can this season, but I also want to address that with an air of realism which is so important.

“The football club has to get back on the straight and narrow. It has to be sustainable.

“There has been an air of disappointment over the past couple of seasons though and we have been flirting with relegation which no-one ever wants because it isn’t enjoyable.

“It doesn’t show progression at the club which means there is work to do.

“It’s about getting the right balance and, if you’ve got the best players there possible within the budget that you have, then you can’t ask for any better than that.”

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