The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 13th July 2012
....Southern Premier Division next season.
New signing David Kolodynski was last week quick to predict a play-off place at least for the promoted Greenbacks, but manager Farmer says he would be unwise to make such bold statements.
He said: “I’m not going to speculate on league positions. We want the players we sign to want success.
“If David is aiming for the play-offs then fantastic. If we came here and said we’ll do well to avoid relegation then I’m not sure he’s the kind of player I want to sign.
“Managers who say we’re going to do this and that in July are very brave and possibly foolish. At this stage lots can change and lots can happen.
“Ask me again at the halfway mark and then I might be a bit forthcoming as you’ve got more of an idea then.”
When asked if the Greenbacks board had told him what their target for the season was he insisted no such discussion had taken place.
“There’s no remit from the board. We’ve not had that chat all summer.
“Last year I was asked to consolidate and rebuild. We did much more than that much quicker then expected.
“This year the board have decided to leave me to it. They trust me.
“We are going into the unknown as a club. I’m sure it will be a very tough league, but at this stage I’m honest enough to admit I don’t know too much about it.
“I only watched about two Southern Premier games last season. I watched a lot of Conference North and Conference Premier.
“I’ll have to work hard to learn the level, which is of course something I’m willing to do,” said Farmer.
As one of the promoted sides Bedworth will be among the favourites for relegation. However, expectations have soared following the signings of three players with Blue Square Bet North experience - Sam Belcher, Tom Byrne, David Kolodynski.
Highly-rated goalkeeper Andy Kemp has returned to the club, while striker Luke Keen has also signed. He has Conference Premier experience with Tamworth.
Fans may be anticipating more, but Farmer would not discuss what was a realistic aim for the Greenbacks.
“Who knows what’s realistic? No one would have said getting promotion last season was realistic but we did it,” said Farmer.
The one thing Farmer was willing to predict was the team’s style of play as he promised attacking football no matter the result.
“We won’t change our philosophy. We live in tough times. People splash out hard earned money to watch us so we owe it to them to be entertaining.
“The players work hard in jobs outside of football so they want to enjoy games by passing the ball.
“If that makes us successful again then great,” he said.