You join me in the early days of the 2017/18 campaign, with our first 5 league games under my belt. Turns out that this managerial lark isn’t as easy as I thought…
Much like Swifty and Co, I started by facing off against “local” rivals East Stirlingshire (well, they are for now). Unfortunately I didn’t make everyone sit up and take notice like his charges did. I thought we were a little unlucky to be on the end of a 2-1 defeat to be hones. Everything seemed fine after the next two games brought comfortable wins, but doubts are starting to creep in again after a tough game against surprise pace-setters Dalbeattie and dropping two vital points against Gala.
After a really strong pre-season I was expecting better, with an unbeaten run on the go and Stevie Murray creating chances at will!
I’ve stuck to my word in using the same squad, with one exception – as I alluded to, there was a gap there for one addition if required, and it soon became apparent that we needed another right-back to compliment the squad.
Ex-Linlithgow Rose defender Mark Williams has joined us until the end of the season, and has been solid in his early days with the club. My main issue has been coming up with a tactic that lets me make full use of the talent in our squad, and I think that I’ve found an answer for now; Danny Stoney has been almost unplayable in the hole, and wee Jack Smith has performed better as a lone frontman than Martin ‘Paolo’ Grehan simply by being a willing runner for the through balls coming from the flanks. We’re still tweaking things every week to find the perfect balance, aided by virtual Michael Moore coming up with new hare-brained ideas every week… I’ve been too scared to turn them down thus far, who knows what he’ll do if I don’t listen to him?
The league table looks nothing like I imagined at this stage! Early leaders Star will likely fall away as time goes on, given that they have a very small squad, while East Kilbride have had a disastrous start to their title defence. I’ll need to be careful not to let Shire and Spartans run too far ahead of us if we have any ambitions of challenging for the trophy – we’ve already dropped three points to one of them, and we can’t afford to keep leaking them in close games going forward.
My early aim will be to stay in touch and give us every chance as the squad get used to my tactics and management (I’m offering the carrot to big Michael’s stick), as I’m not convinced that the Chairman, Mr. Prince, will be too impressed by lagging behind the pace setters in mid-table. Wish me luck, I might well need some of it pronto!
Mozza will be back in a fortnight with more tales of interest from his BSC Glasgow career. Will he be able to pull his charges in yellow up the table? Will Hawick better their 2017/18 points tally inside ten games? Will Stephen Swift, cruelly ousted by this upstart, finally get the Scotland job? Find out in Part 3 of Mozza Manages BSC – coming soon!
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