imoSports Midland Football Combination
Published 19th March 2011
...on his part has made for a more successful season.
Farmer admits the direct game of previous campaigns would not benefit the current crop, prompting him to release the shackles and let them play with more freedom — with the team climbing to third in the table.
He said: "I think being a manager is relative to the players you are working with. In the past we've been more direct.
"I wouldn't say it was long ball, it was about getting the ball forwards effectively.
“It wasn't proving that effective though because results weren't as good.
"Now I've got a talented group of technically good young footballers and it is a case of developing their games so they are ready to step up to the next level.
"I would say 80 per cent of them are ready to play at least two, maybe three levels higher. We've seen players progress well from here.
"Jacob Blyth is the shining light. He was playing for us last season and now he's doing well three levels higher with Leamington.
"I think some of our players can follow that path. I've got to commend them on the work they've put in this season. They deserve plenty of credit."
Farmer understandably admits he has enjoyed this season more than the previous three he has been in charge of the Heartlanders.
"Of course I've enjoyed it much more. You always do when you are winning.
"People rightly say you learn more about yourself and your players when you are losing, but you learn plenty when you are winning. I've learned not to get carried away in our ambitions. We've kept our feet on the ground," he said.