Manager Ollie Price has spoken recently with THE POST and told them that it was Player Power that helped him to decide to accept the permanent position as Mangos Manager.
“I have already been talking to the players and most of the squad have agreed to stay next season. They seemed keen to come back and work with myself and Dean Pendry, and that was a major factor in us deciding to stay on. The spirit amongst the players is really good and they are all together and ready to go next season”.
The club had been in a downward spiral when Ollie stepped in as caretaker, with poor results on the pitch and a lack of harmony off it, but through hard work and his own popularity as a former player, the slump was halted and Mangotsfield’s status in the Southern League was preserved, and Cossham Street was a happier place to be.
“We need to re-energise things and get that fire back into this club, as well as not forgetting to enjoy our football”, said 35 year old Ollie.
“Bristol Manor Farm have caught up and overtaken us as the top non-league club in the city, but I believe we have the potential to be the biggest club, and we have a lot of decent people within the club to tap into and help with that goal.”
But with a cautionary word to supporters, Ollie said that returning Mangotsfield to the position of top non-league club, won’t happen easily. “I am under no illusions that this is going to be a very difficult job. Obviously, we will be trying to do the best that we can, but the budget is not what it has been in the past and the emphasis will be on bringing along younger players and finding talent from the Western League”.
“We have a three-year plan to get Mangotsfield to the top levels of the Southern League and that is being realistic. It is a very big challenge, but one that I am very excited about”
Updated 10:01 - 16 May 2018 by Bob Smale