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Boss Wants More Leadership

12 April 2017

Artell says players have to help their team-mates more out on the pitch.

Former club captain and now manager David Artell says he will be looking to add leadership qualities to his group in the summer, if it cannot be found in-house.

Defender George Ray has been a success as the new club captain in the wake of Ryan Lowe and Harry Davis’ departures from the club in the January window, but with experienced midfielder Danny Hollands currently out injured, the boss is looking around for more leaders to emerge.

The boss told “It is hard to find leaders in the modern era. I think it is a lot harder from my own playing days. The Academies do not seem to produce too many of them.

“Being a leader can just mean pulling someone or telling people to get in position. If they all do that and know their jobs then it makes it more difficult for the opposition to score.

“When I won promotion here as player, there was myself, Steve Phillips and Lee Bell doing that. We weren’t the best players in the world but we had experience and knew what to do. We told them where to stand and where to go. We helped the younger ones and the likes of the Westys, Murphys and Powelly did the rest.

“Restricting the chances for the opposition isn’t all about the back four and the goalkeeper. It is everyone.

“A leader needs to see the bigger picture and project calmness. When we concede a goal there is no need to panic and we just have to relax and continue to do the things that make us successful as a football team.


The boss added: “George is developing that as captain. He is still relatively young but he has the character to lead.” 

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