The Ryman Football League
Published 31st May 2012
The former Redbridge boss said that, following his discussions with chairman Ed Garty, he made his decision to move to Park Drive very quickly, and was excited about his new job and couldn’t wait to get started.
He explained that, following last season’s success at Redbridge where they achieved national acclaim for their excellent FA Cup run before being beaten at Crawley Town, and narrowly missed out on achieving a play-off position, he was disappointed to be leaving the Motormen after only one season in charge but felt he had little alternative.
After four seasons at the helm at Stansted prior to joining Redbridge, he stated that Maldon & Tiptree was probably the biggest club he had been involved with, with excellent facilities, and he was looking forward to the challenges ahead, with promotion being the short-term objective, in line with the chairman’s aspirations.
Spillane confirmed that former Tiptree United boss Jody Brown would be joining him at Park Drive as his assistant and head coach and he hoped to be making another appointment to the coaching staff very soon.
He acknowledged the job done by Mike Flanagan in his caretaker role for the latter half of the last season and said that it was not his intention to make wholesale changes to the playing staff.
He intended to meet all the existing players within the next couple of weeks to find out their plans initially and then strengthen the squad accordingly.
He emphasised that he had no pre-conceived ideas about any players` ability and that everyone would be given an equal opportunity under the new regime.
In view of the club’s final league placing it was obvious that there would have to be strengthening in key areas if the team was to push for a play-off position next season.