In the latest in our series, we pick the brains of serial promotion winner Rob Smith, the man who guided Willenhall Town, AFC Telford United and Hednesford Town to higher levels, alongside trusty assistant Larry Chambers
“I’m planning six weeks of what I call organised pain,” says manager Phil Brown, who has been tasked with hauling Southend out of the National League barely a decade after keeping Hull City in the Premier League.
Several leagues have initiated cup competitions to ease clubs back into the swing of things. What an excellent idea! I have a few matches to choose from, mostly in the Notts Senior League and Central Midlands League being as I am still attempting to stay local. Ish!
It has been a bruising 12 months for the whole of Non-League football since the Covid-19 pandemic with Step 1 of the Pyramid the only division set to complete a full season, albeit behind closed doors.
Therefore, the guidance must be clear, consistent, and easily understood by these volunteers, so thank you so much for having these people in the forefront of your minds. After all, they are the ones who need to make your contradictory, last-minute guidance actually work.