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Planning Is Key

15 February 2013

Torquay United are the visitors to Spotland this Saturday as Manager Keith Hill takes charge of his fourth game since returning to the club last month.

Hill gave his thoughts on the encounter, as well as his aims for the future, to Dale Player.

“I think we played the best football since I’ve been back at the club against Northampton but we obviously got beat so we’ve got to play the type of football that’s pleasing to the eye, but that’s also winning football. We’ve got to get the balance right.

“There are no guarantees in football, or life, so we’ve just got to make sure that we’re sticking to the plan - that's my plan which I’m going to try and deliver to the Board of Directors on planning for next season and the remainder of this season. I want to try and give ownership of the Football Club back to the supporters. I want create a brand and an identity that fans can associate themselves with, one that they’ve been familiar with during our previous success and it is time that we started planning for that again."

He continued: “Every game is a must win but we’ve got fifteen games [of this season] left. There’s too much emphasis on the right here/right now, and while that’s important, we’ve got to look to the future as well. We’ve got to deal with the right here/right now – getting results, getting the points that we need as we can still make an impact on the top half of the table, but we’ve also got to plan. At any football club you have to plan or you get left behind, and I feel as though that’s happened to a certain degree. We’ve got to make sure that we catch up with the Jones’ and then start over taking them as we progress into the remainder of the season. 

“It’s still early doors – I said four games to assess and to evaluate and we’re three games in. I’m hoping we can see developments and improvements on the results side, but also on a reflection of the way we’re we playing to a certain degree, particularly in the first half at Northampton.

“It would be nice to win [this weekend] however there should be no pressure on the result, but you have to create a winning environment and you can only do that by winning football matches.”

You can hear the full interview on Dale Player now.


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