Blues boss Kevin Watson wanted 'one or two new faces to go with his talented youngsters'
In an interview with the Bishop's Stortford Independent at the end of the season, Blues' departed manager, Kevin Watson, had spelled out his hopes for next season..
The 44-year-old, who has parted company with the club over his playing budget for next season, was keen to keep his Blues squad together so they could use the foundations laid in the 2017-18 season as a springboard to success.
The manager saw his side finish 18th in the Evo-Stik League South, Premier Division with 52 points, finishing well clear of relegation trouble after losing their first five matches of the campaign.
Giving youth a chance was a key feature of Watson’s approach, with the side receiving a great ovation when they walked off the ProKit UK Stadium pitch after drawing 1-1 with Stratford Town in their last match of the season.
The boss would have loved to have seen everyone back for pre-season training in a couple of months, alongside one or two new faces if finances allowed.
“You’ve got to learn as you go and I think we ended up with a settled squad and team that did pretty well for the last 12 or 13 games,” said Watson.
“I think everyone could see their progression in terms of performances and results, and we ended up in the last few games with what I wanted all along, which was a 3-5-2 formation.
“Without having millions, we’re not far off having a settled and competitive side. I’d like another couple to go along with these talented youngsters, so we need to find a way to raise a bit more money for the playing budget.
“We want to keep hold of the group we have and I’d be absolutely gutted if I lost one of these boys because we’ve worked really hard to get where we are.
“We’ve only finished two points shy of 16th, which I’d say isn’t bad at all considering where we started with zero, and we’ve proved we can beat anyone on our day.
“Yes, we need to be more consistent, but that only comes with experience and playing together more, so that’s why I’m desperate to keep these boys together and continue the hard work.”
Watson thanked the board for its support and belief in him and the supporters for their brilliant backing of the youngsters.
The fans will be cheering on the team in the Isthmian League – Bostik League, Premier Division – in 2018-19 as part of the FA’s non-League restructure.
“Any help we can get in terms of finances will be beneficial to the club and hopefully it will make us more successful,” said Watson, who believed the switch would reduce travelling times and costs.