Evolution not revolution will be the mantra at Garden Walk when new Royston Town manager Steve Castle officially….
….takes the post at the Calor League Division One Central club later this month.
The new boss’ first game in charge will be the Crows’ Boxing Day clash at home to current leaders Dunstable Town – a baptism of fire as he looks to keep the club on track for a top five finish.
But with most of the foundations in place for a sustained challenge, Castle will take his time over assessing players and backroom staff and said there will be no wholesale changes.
“One of the attractions I brought to the Royston committee was that I didn’t want to break things apart but instead build on what’s here and keep a level of continuity,” he said.
“I want to give everyone a fair chance and keep things going in the right direction with some new ideas. I’m not going to get everyone out and bring a whole load of new players in. The team is 80 to 90 per cent there.”
Castle, who will complete his commitments at current club Takeley before taking over the reins at Royston, had become well aware of the Crows’ progress up the non-League Pyramid.
He and former Royston manager Paul Attfield are both taxi drivers and used to talk at length about football on the rank in Bishop’s Stortford.
“When I was manager at St Albans City Paul would talk about how there were players on contracts there and how well they were progressing,” continued Castle.
“I’ve always thought Royston are a well-run club and ambitious so when the job became available I was very interested.”
A distinguished playing career saw 47-year-old Castle play league football for Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle, Birmingham City and Peterborough United and part of his progression into management saw him become assistant to Jimmy Quinn at Cambridge United in 2006.
A difficult campaign saw the U’s fight off relegation but the experience at the Abbey, and his subsequent spells at St Albans and Takeley, was invaluable.
“It was a backs to the wall job,” he said.
“But we stayed up and it was one of those experiences that serves you well.”