The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 11th May 2012
The Greenbacks won Monday’s Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central play-off final 3-1 against Beaconsfield SYCOB to cap a season where they were predicted to be also-rans.
Farmer says his overachievers have earned the chance to prove their worth in the level above after they successfully made the step up this term.
He said: “I want to retain every player. We brought in a group of players who really achieved last season.
“That dedicated themselves to this club for minimal money so it would be disrespectful to tell them they don’t deserve a chance in the league above.
“Most of them moved up two levels themselves last summer and look how well they did.
“They’ve had a year with Bedworth and made good strides, and I don’t see why they can’t do that again.
“No one will be cast aside and told they don’t fit in my plans.”
While Farmer intends to keep his squad intact, he has every intention of strengthening it, but only with the right kind of players.
“Of course they’ll be one or two additions. You’ve got to strengthen.
“The demographic and the philosophy won’t change.
“The core of the side will still be young hungry players.
“They’ll still get the ball down and pass it. If you blow things up on a much bigger scale and look at Swansea and Norwich, no one gave them a chance in the Premier League.
“They had to find a way to win games and that was by playing great football. We’ve still got to do that as well.
“That is our strength,” he said.
As well as squad improvements, he says the Greenbacks must make the most of every penny they have as he is set to have one of, if not the smallest budget in the Premier Division next season.
“We’ve got to look at the infrastructure to maximise what we have.
“We won’t have a big budget compared to other teams in the league.
“Of course we want to better the squad, but we’ve got to look at scouting and things like sports psychology as well,” he said.
Before any of that happens though, he is planning one more celebration as he and eight of his players are off to Ibiza next Thursday.
“I think the celebrations will continue until we get back from Ibiza. There are enough lows in football so you should enjoy the highs.
“They can be few and far between. They’ve worked hard and deserve to celebrate,” he said.