Mark Fell Setting Sights High New 2020-21 Premier League Challenge
Lancaster City were certainly the surprise package before the start of the 2019-20 season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with one of the smallest budgets in the division, the Dolly Blues spent the majority of the season in the play-off positions.
They were second in the league for a number of weeks before Christmas and although they had slipped into a play-off position by the time the season was brought to a premature close. Whilst disappointed that the season was stopped the club had a promising season and Mark Fell believes the experience his players have gained this season will be beneficial for the future. It’s hoped that by the time August comes around the world will be back to normal and City will be ready to press ahead with their long term aim of returning to the Vanarama National League North.
Speaking about next season manager Mark Fell said, “I have spoken to the chairman and the board of directors and their question to me was what do you want for next season. My answer to them was I want to win it, we have shown this season we have the capabilitities of being up there. What I need to do is look at what the issues when we had the little blips, like at Christmas time. I don’t think it helped that I had an absence on health grounds, but hopefully that won’t happen again.
We can try to rectify any issues that we had and make ourselves better because we are very close to being one of the top sides in this division. If I can make us that little bit stronger and I have already identified targets which I think will make us strongerthen we will have a very good chance next season because I think we have the nucleus of a very good squad. I hope to retain the vast majority of his squad although the current unprecedent times mean things are going to be very different going forward.
I have had conference calls with the chairman and my staff in terms of potential ins and outs with regards to the squad planning for pre-season, what I will say is this is going to be very different even when we get back to playing football. When you think about it a normal pre-season is not going to cut it because the lads will have had a longer break from playing. So we are going to need an extended pre-season and it’s probably going to need to be more rigorous than normal.
We are going to need more pre-season friendlies, the whole thing is going to be completely different. What I will say is that we are trying to steal a march on that in terms of planning for every eventuality and trying to get ahead of the game. The management teams which react well enough to this and get this right will have a big advantage come the start of the season. So we are trying to make sure we are well ahead with our plans.”