New Forfar Albion manager Steven Milne hopes to have the players enjoying their football again after a number of tough years for the Junior side.
Milne is eager to turn Albion into a competitive outfit and knows that things need to improve – a task he is eager to help with.
The former St Johnstone striker admitted that he’s going into the job blind but he believes that gives the players a clean slate to work with.
He told the Dispatch: “I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve enjoyed taking pre-season training and I’m just looking forward to getting the games started. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, I just didn’t expect it to come now but I just went for it. I had to think whether or not I’d have enough time to do it alongside my working hours, but I decided to go for it and I’ve brought some coaches in as well.
“I’ve looked at the league tables for the last wee while and they’ve been really struggling. I just want to get them enjoying football, getting some wins on the board and improving on the seasons before. It’s maybe 10 years since they finished with more than 20 points in a season.
“We’re looking to improve things, get a few new players in and have them all enjoying it. I want to add a few things I’ve learned from my time in football.
“We need to try and develop the players – there isn’t much money available but it’s not about that, it’s about developing the players that we’ve got.”
Steven said he found the club’s partnership with Forfar Boys Club, which offers players a football pathway from childhood right into Junior football, particularly attractive because he used to play for the Boys’ Club.
He continued: “I played for the Boys’ Club so the pathway certainly wasn’t something I wanted to disregard. We want to keep bringing boys in through there and push them onto the next step in junior football.
“The club has done everything possible to help me out, anything I’ve asked. The board and so on have been great. It’s a really nice area for training, it’s a good pitch and we’ve got all the stuff we need. It’s about getting a team on the park that can win games.
“Every player has had their slate wiped clean and they’ll all need to work again to impress me.”