The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 16th June 2012
.....lie ahead for the historic 138-year-old football club.
The new Vics manager said supporters needed to unite in a pragmatic interview, but could understand the feelings of disappointed fans disillusioned by the way the club has been ran.
The much-travelled 48-year-old former Vauxhall Motors and Burscough boss said: “I will do my job to the best of my ability and my long term aim is to get this club back into the Conference National.
“The fans` needs to unite, we’re not going to please everyone, people will come with you and people will go against you but we just have to accept that.”
Mutch also said he would be careful with the wage bill for next season, after it was confirmed by the chairman, Jim Rushe, at the last open fans meeting, that the club would spend £3,500 on player salaries per week – the same amount as the previous campaign.
He said: “Having a specific budget doesn’t mean I’m going to spend all of it. I will be careful not to overspend because there could be a time in the season when there are a few players injured, and I might look to bring a few in.”
The ex-assistant manager of AFC Telford United and Morecambe, who he helped to second in the Conference Premier, has already signed six players as he looks to rebuild a squad dismantled from the club’s forced relegation last season.
Mutch said: “No players are contracted currently, although I can’t say for sure that will be the case in the future.
“The secret to me attracting players like John Hardiker is my name and the fact I know them from my past experiences in football.”
Previous experiences at Burscough have also allowed Mutch to draw sympathy for Vics having to ground share at Stafford Rangers next season, Mutch had to contend with the chairman, Chris Lloyd, suffering a brain tumour and working on a low budget with the Lancashire outfit in exile after also losing their ground.
“Playing at Stafford is a tremendous strain on supporters and players. Some lads I have spoken to about signing won’t until they know exactly where we are playing and what league.
“There is still a possibility of playing at Flixton. It’s not easy, but it will just require a lot of hard work."
A move to Flixton’s, Valley Road, looks unlikely though as it will probably not meet the ground-grading requirements for the NPL First Division South.
Vics are likely to be confirmed in the southern division of the Northern Premier League at the league’s AGM today, but Mutch was not worried despite the greater travelling conditions and cost.
“I don’t see any problem playing in the South because you travel in whatever league you are in, including the north. Players are used to it these days."
Mutch applied for the Vics job after former manager, Andy Preece, left in January and fans first learnt of the problems with the ground but Rushe preferred Paul Simpson at the time and more recently Martin Foyle, until Mutch was offered the job by Rushe in May.
“I’m delighted to get the job, my main reason for coming to Vics was the fact I had a soft spot for the club and consider them to be one of the biggest names is non-league football. “
An attractive style of football was promised by Mutch, with his aim to win the league, and on whether off the field matters concerning the CVA, which have relegated the club three leagues, would compromise his ability to achieve this, he took a defiant stance.
“There is a certain disappointment within the club at the way its run but I’m the football manager and am not in control of those things. The people in positions to do that will do so and address any problems that hinder us from going up the leagues.”