GARRY POND is as frustrated as anyone over the uncertainty surrounding a return to football. However, Southend Manor’s first-team coach put things into perspective and along with Head Coach, Craig Waters has managed to look towards the new Essex Senior League campaign positively.
“Preparation for the new season ahead has been quite difficult but we are not complaining as football really does come second with what’s been happening in the world over the last few months,” Pond told Yellow Sport.
“We have kept in contact with our current group of players and like most people they can’t wait to get back into training.
“The main topic of conversation for the management team over the last month is looking at where we believe we need to recruit and one thing we all agreed on is there is so much talent right on our doorstep.
“We have a great young squad and will be looking to expand that with committed lads who want to play football and enjoy it.”
The Southchurch Park outfit has struggled in recent seasons – dogged by inconsistency and a large turnover of players. Nevertheless, Pond insisted they are not building a firmer foundation on which to springboard the popular seaside club in the right direction.
“League positions and cup runs over the last couple of seasons have not been at the standard Southend Manor expects and it’s up to us to change that,” he explained.
“We now have three EJA teams from under 13’s to under 16’s which is great for Southend Manor and the local community.
“The first-team team management are very excited about this as these lads will be the future of the club. This for me personally is great to see as in my opinion there is nothing better than coaching and feeling part of a family within a football club.
“We have no idea when the season will restart but we will make sure we are ready for what will be another competitive season ahead.”