Essex Senior League: Clapton manager Jonny Fowell is planning for the future
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 April 2018
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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell admitted he will evaluate his squad for next season in their final match of the season against Hullbridge Sports this weekend.
The Tons welcome Darren Manning’s men to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) as they look to cap off their season on a high note.
Fowell is eager to finish the season with a win, but has admitted players are now playing for their places in the squad.
“Players are playing for places at the club in this game,” he said.
“I’m not going to accept mediocre so I want 110 per cent and all my players wanting to win.”
The former Enfield under-21s coach believes there is always something to play for in every game and he wants to finish the campaign with a victory.
“There is always something to play for as you should want to finish as high as possible and on as many points as possible,” he added.
“I want to go out on a high note by winning this game and I know Darren will want to do exactly the same.
“He is a nice guy and has done an amazing job there since taking over. They’re safe and no one would’ve thought they would be three months ago.”
The Tons boss admits he has learnt a lot of lessons this season and is planning to stamp them out right away.
“Personally I have learnt a lot this season about what not to do and I have said to the players if anyone wants to leave this season they are not coming back,” he said.
“That stands for all of the players as well.
“I’m going to brutally honest with them as some of them are not ready to play Bostik football as they’re not even doing the business in the Essex Senior League.”
The Tons will have the likes of Jonny Ashman and Ryan Reed available for Saturday’s match after both players had stints at Bostik North clubs this campaign.
“I’ve already said to the players they need to decide what they want to do for next season as I want to sort my team out,” he added.
“I want to put together a 23-man team with no trialists so we’re ready to go and that we can try keep together.
“Then if one player leaves I can just replace that one player instead of having to make wholesale changes.”