Welcome to our final game of this season against Eastleigh. We especially welcome their players and officials and, of course, our own fans.
Undoubtedly, it’s been a strange season and definitely a missed opportunity. There is no doubt in my mind that we should have reached the play-offs and we will spend the next couple of weeks analysing, in depth and as objectively as we can, why we have fallen short and how we put it right in next season’s campaign.
Whilst we are disappointed, I do think we can take away many positives, particularly our strong finish to the season which will hopefully give us momentum and enable us to get off to a good start in August.
Our record at home has been impressive and is a good platform to build from.
We have been able to blood our youngsters who have been able to gain invaluable first team minutes. Reiss McNally, Jordan Piggott, Ben Usher-Shipway, Justin Donawa and, of course, Kyle Hudlin have all grasped their opportunity and will benefit hugely from this experience next season.
On the debit side, there is much to consider, not least the stark contrast between our home and away form and our injury record this season both of which have hit us so hard.
Rest assured, we will examine everything.
The most pressing decision is, of course, the appointment of the new manager.
Mark Yates has done an excellent job in steadying the ship, simplifying our playing style and bringing back a feel-good factor around the training ground while introducing and developing young talent within the squad. He even almost pulled off the impossible re the play-offs, but I have certainly enjoyed watching us over the last couple of months.
Once again, we owe our grateful thanks to Mark, and his assistant, Neil Howarth, for his service to Moors and wish them well on their return to Stourbridge.
We expect to make a decision on the manager in the next two weeks and then the planning will start in earnest for next season.
Whoever we appoint, they will join a club in excellent shape with outstanding facilities at both the stadium and the training ground and a strong squad, when fully fit, from which to add and strengthen over the summer.
Our playing budget will be competitive - we now need to allocate it wisely and effectively.
Our ambition is undiminished, but this division will once again be highly competitive. Our job is to try and make the right calls and ensure we enter our 21/22 campaign with rock solid foundation and structure for success.
The wonderful nature of football is that I am already eagerly anticipating next season and looking forward to a busy summer to ensure we hit the ground running on August 21st.
My abiding hope is that we have a Covid/lockdown free season and fans will be 100% back in stadia.
On behalf of the club, thank you to everyone for your loyal support and I wish you a relaxing summer and look forward to seeing everyone in August.