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Flowers: This club's got ambition
*The new Moors boss spoke to us following his recent appointment - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 22nd Jun 18

Solihull Moors manager Tim Flowers is keen to build on what was achieved by the club last season, as he gears up to welcome his players back for pre-season training.

Flowers was appointed as the new Moors boss on Wednesday and sat down with us to share his thoughts on making the step up.

He said: “It feels great. It’s an opportunity for myself and Gaz (Whild) with what’s happened to Mark (Yates) – I was sure he was going to be a well sought-after manager.

“We like it here and had no intention of leaving. We’re hopefully going to try and carry on and improve on the good work that’s been started.

“I was interviewed for the job in the first place (with Mark). The hard thing will be to replicate last season and improve on.”

Gary Whild remains at the club as Flowers’ assistant manager, with the pair well-known to each other having worked together for a number of years.

“I’ve known Gaz a long time. When I was doing my B License a long time ago, he was manager of Redditch. I went down and used to put some sessions on there to get coaching hours in,” Flowers continued.

“Since then, I’ve worked with him at Kidderminster a couple of times and obviously here. I’ve always been in touch with him.

“Professional people enjoy a break but, in the end, you want to get going and down to business.”

With pre-season fast approaching, Flowers is ready to begin shaping his squad for the upcoming Vanarama National League campaign – the 51-year-old admits that the team won’t be a surprise to opponents given their form in the second half of last season.

He said: “We need to get some players, that’s a key element. We’ve got some games coming up in a couple of weeks’ time, so we’ll have a week together before we have a back-to-back situation with Tamworth and Boldmere.

“We want to bed in what we bring in and integrate them into squad. We’ve kept a core of what we had last year and hopefully we can add a bit of quality to it as well.

“I don’t think much is going to change. Style of play isn’t going to change a lot.

“We probably won’t be a surprise as much next year. People will be ready to come here, a difficult place to come as we lost just once since November, and we’re going to have to be ready to be a step better.

“It’s an incredibly tough division when you look at who came down out of the Football League (Barnet and Chesterfield), who are both going to be heavy without a shadow of a doubt.

“And then what came up. Salford clearly mean business. Harrogate have been back financially for a few year now. There are some big hitters and the existing teams who did well last year.”

When quizzed on his aims and ambitions with the club Flowers made it clear that while the team want to better their previous league position, a plan is in place to make the football club sustainable on a long-term basis.

“We want to improve on what we did last season. Over the course of 46 games, can we have a better season than we did last year?

“This club’s got ambition, make no mistake. The board of directors have got a plan but it’s over a period of time. It hasn’t got to happen next year or the year after, but there is a plan to improve.

“We’d like to get our gates up, which they were beginning to towards the end of last season. We were getting more people watching Solihull Moors at home which is what we want.

“The more people that come, the better it is for the players and atmosphere. We just want to keep building and hopefully improve season after season.

“An Academy has been put in place and next season we’ll be running an Under-23 side. There’s now a pathway through from youth to a more reserve outfit and then into the First Team.

“If we produce it would be for the First Team or it might catch the eye of one or two. There’s been one or two who have come through already and there’s one or two more in the system that are looking good young prospects.”

To watch the full video interview with Tim Flowers, visit our Facebook page HERE.

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