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New Spalding United manager Brett Whaley on his appointment at the Northern Premier League Midlands Division club



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New boss Brett Whaley wants to build on the solid foundations already in place after taking the helm at Spalding United.

Whaley has made the move from the Tulips' Northern Premier League Midlands Division neighbours Wisbech Town to take over at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

And the former Yaxley and March Town manager is relishing the chance to help the Tulips fulfil their potential.

Brett Whaley.
Brett Whaley.

He said: "I am massively excited about it because there is so much potential in the whole project.

"There is a lot of ambition which matches the way I am and I want to see that potential through.

"I am ambitious and I want to try and progress. Once you get into the club and see things first hand, you realise that it's not a million miles away.

"Results in some of the recent games against sides in the play-offs show that we have most of the things that we need.

"It's the consistency that we need to improve on because there is lots of talent within the squad and I have been really impressed with the coaching staff already at the club.

"We just need to look at what has worked for us and what we need to do to get results in this league.

"It is a very difficult league and you need to be very competitive in every game to earn the right to play because a lot of games are a scrap and it's all about getting the results."

Whaley will continue to work alongside Bruno Porfirio - who took on the caretaker management role following the departure of Gabriel Zakuani - and the present coaching team.

Their first match at the helm will be on Saturday when Spalding travel to Histon following the postponement on Monday's scheduled match against Carlton Town due to a waterlogged pitch at the Sir Halley Stewart.

Whaley added: "The coaching team have enjoyed their time here and they are desperate for success.

"It can sometimes be difficult when you come in as a manager and there's coaching staff already there and you don't want to tread on people's toes but it's been the complete opposite.

"They have been really engaging and I'm not the type of character to come in and say it's my way or the highway or anything like that because the reality is that they have experienced this season and have worked with the players.

"They are very good at what they do which the club recognises and we don't want things to change that are going well. We just want to improve on things that aren't going so well.

"I would be very naive for me to come in and want to put my own stamp on it straight away.

"Bruno has been there all season and has been brilliant since I walked through the door. We have worked really closely in terms of the quality and potential of players which we have.

"It's very much about looking at what holes we need to fill, what's worked and what hasn't and really drill down on those bits.

"There won't be wholesale changes because I don't want to bring a conveyor belt of players in.

"It is critical for us to attract the right players and, in the current climate with Covid-19, the squad size might need to change from usually having 16 or 17 or 19 to 20.

"We need players to bolster the squad as much as anything else and it will soon become apparent what holes we've got within that."



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