Charlie Griffin has enjoyed his first pre-season as a manager as he prepares his Cirencester Town side for their opening game writes Tom Feaheny.
The big kick-off for the EVO-STIK League South, West players starts this Saturday.
Griffin told the Local Answer that retiring from the game to focus on being boss, after their relegation last season means for the ex defender it can be a fresh start for all.
“Last season was tough but now we’ve had a pre-season we can play like we want to play.”
“Last season we mainly played 4-4-2, but this season we can play 4-3-3, somebody in the hole behind the front two and maybe 4-5-1 when we go away,” he said.
“We want to play as much attractive football as we can.”
They will now play on the new state-of-the-art 4G pitch installed at the Corinium Stadium in the summer and although the players will have to get used to switching from an artificial pitch to grass pitches when they travel Griffin doesn’t see that as a problem.
There are five clubs from Gloucestershire in that league in Cirencester, Bishop’s Cleeve, Slimbridge, Shortwood United and Cinderford Town..
“It should be a very, very good season,” said Griffin. “They will be tough games because they are all good teams and we will have to make sure we prepare right for all of them.
“Hopefully, the attendances will be quite good and the games will put some pounds in the clubs’ pockets.”