The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 16th August 2012
.....One South & West and steer Swindon Supermarine to success.
The South Marston boss, appointed this summer following four years at Highworth Town in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier, has stated he wants to be at least battling for a play-off spot ahead of Saturday’s opener at home to newly-promoted Merthyr Town.
And Webb reckons that as a manager, he needs to be constantly sharp if that aim is to be brought to fruition.
“I was talking to a few managers in this league and it's about how quickly you learn and what you can pick up,” he said.
“You're not only learning about players, you're learning about where you're going, who you're coming up against and tactically you've got to be aware.
“I think we'll be fine in that respect, but I'd be a liar if I said I knew everything about every team in this league, because I don't, as I've not had the opportunity to manage at this level yet.
“But learning quickly is the key, having good contacts and doing your homework by watching as many games as you can.
“I've still got a lot to learn about my players. I've seen them play and they are all capable lads, but there's a lot of them I need to learn more about - what makes them tick and what are their weakness and their strengths? “Then we can work on that in training to try and improve as a team.”
The former Elms boss has also earmarked consistency as an important element of the upcoming season, revealing that he won't put up with the kind of display that saw his side lose to lower-league Calne Town recently.
He continued: “In pre-season we did well against Swindon Town, drew with a Blue Square Bet North side in Oxford City and then went to Calne and got beat 3-1, and that's what we've got to stop.
“We can't underestimate any team and make sure whoever we come up against, we have to give them ultimate respect and prepare properly, because if we don't, we're going to find ourselves in a situation where we lose more games than we win.
“It's about how quickly this team, with the new lads I've brought in, can gel and want to achieve something. It's my job to get them organised and focused and try to help us hit the ground running.
“We've got a tough start but that might help us, because we'd rather have it tough. Every team we've got in the first five games is capable.”