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Spalding United manager Brett Whaley is already planning for next season

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Spalding United manager Brett Whaley insists a summer of hard work will be starting straight away.

The Tulips brought the curtain down on their Northern Premier League Midlands Division campaign on Saturday with a 1-0 home win over Chasetown.

The victory secured a 10th place finish for Spalding who appointed Whaley as their new manager in December.

Manager Brett Whaley thanks the fans as Spalding United were 1-0 winners over Chasetown in their last game of the season. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Manager Brett Whaley thanks the fans as Spalding United were 1-0 winners over Chasetown in their last game of the season. Photo: Chris Lowndes

The Tulips boss admitted that taking over at the helm midway through the season had been difficult in terms of players recruitment but had brought the benefit of being able to analyse his squad in competitive matches.

Whaley said: "The availability of players to us during the season was quite small and it's the first time I have moved clubs during a season as well.

"It's the hardest thing to try and rebuild during the middle of the season. Our hands have been tied to a certain degree but they're not now.

"We have got a summer of really hard work and it will start straight away.

"The first port of call will be to the lads who are already at the club. We want to get them tied down as soon as possible.

"We also know the type of players which we need so it's about going in hard and trying to persuade them to come.

"We know the gaps and will get into players straight awaym but we're not going to be in a situation where we need to get loads of players down in pre-season to see how it is.

"I have been in so many situations where pre-season has gone like a dream in non-competitive football matches and then it's looks like you've got a different squad after three league games.

"You need to see how people deal with certain scenarios, how partnerships work together and the handling of pressure and you can't do that in pre-season games.

"You can only do it in competitive games and I have had 16 or 17 to look at individuals in all the circumstances and I have a much better picture than I would have done if I had come in during the summer."

Saturday's 1-0 home win over promotion-chasing Chasetown had seen Spalding finish their campaign on a high.

They won three out of their final four games and kept a hat-trick of clean sheets as Whaley looks to find the right blend for the new campaign.

He added: "The consistency in selection makes such a difference at this level and the one game which we lost in the final four matches was because we made four changes due to having two games in three days.

"That points to the size and depth of the squad which we know about but it also suggests that this group is a good foundation.

"You don't want to have to undo those progressions that you make and start again.

"We have been excellent defensively and, although we know that we need to score more goals, if you concede as few as we have done then we would be up there with anybody.

"The sides at the bottom are conceding too many and not scoring enough while the teams at the top are scoring and not conceding.

"We are somewhere in-between which is why we are where we are. You need to be good at both ends and we know that we haven't scored enough goals this season.

"In truth we probably haven't created enough chances which is the element we will have to work on in the summer.

"It's always been about looking at what we need and where we are short so I can go away in the summer and know what gaps need filling and you know where your priorities are."

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