“From the outside looking in I just feel they needed freshening up”
Manager Iwan Williams
Iwan you’ve just conducted your first training session with Llandudno Football Club and introduced yourself to the team, are you happy with how everything is going albeit only a few days in?
Yes, extremely happy, it’s been a tough few days in making the transition but as soon as I met the players and got out on the training pitch I felt at ease. The session went very well and I believe the lads enjoyed it. There was a bit of a buzz about things and banter aplenty. I want to create a good environment here at the club in which the players enjoy coming to training but on the flip side, we will have that line where the players will know that it’s time to focus and apply themselves properly to allow us to do everything we can in trying to achieve results in a professional manner.
You’re a big follower of Welsh football and you’re most certainly not coming here blind to our performances, can you tell us a little bit about how you think Llandudno have performed so far and what you’ve identified, if anything, can be improved?
We started the season well but then obviously suffered a bit of a blip. From the outside looking in I just feel they needed freshening up. New ideas or a new formation in order to get the players mentally thinking about their roles and responsibilities in fresh positions, in which we can take the pressure off to try and overcome this blip. Obviously now I’ve come in so a new voice will help and new ideas will hopefully relax the players and get them looking forward to the next game.
Your first game this Saturday and it’s a long journey to Jenner Park as we face Barry Town United, what have you made of them this season?
I’m a big admirer of Gavin Chesterfield and his Assistant Richard Williams. They’ve kept more or less the same squad for a number of years as they’ve progressed through the leagues. They have implemented a good playing philosophy and in James Saddler they have a great leader and obviously one of the standout performers this season in Kayne McLaggon. It will be a tough encounter but we’re going there with the view of getting something out of the game and certainly a positive performance.
Barry pulled off arguably the result of the season so far with their victory over The New Saints last weekend, do you think maybe that has lifted their expectations going in to games and something we could possibly look to exploit?
No, I don’t think their expectations will be raised. I know Gavin and Richy will have kept their feet firmly on the ground. It was a fantastic performance for them and one that will live long in their memories for sure, but they will have brushed that off and become fully focused on us. I will watch a lot of footage on Barry though going into the game and the preparation from ourselves will be immaculate in order to give us the best possible chance of getting a result.
The third round of the JD Welsh Cup was drawn this week and it’s a home tie against Gresford Athletic, are you happy with the draw getting a team you obviously know well from your time at Caernarfon Town?
It’s always nice to get a home draw in the cup and I’m pleased to get Gresford yes I’ve got quite a bond with their Manager and the club. I’m a big admirer of them and the work that goes on behind the scenes is credit to them. It will by no means be an easy game and we will have to be on top of ours in order to progress. The Welsh Cup is a competition I feel strongly about so I’m really looking forward to the game.
Updated 12:16 - 8 Nov 2017 by Sam Williams
Saturday 11th November
Barry Town vs Llandudno
2.30pm Kick Off