Whitton United making slow progress, says manager

Whitton United (green shirts) V Haverhill Rovers at King George V playing field

Whitton United (green shirts) V Haverhill Rovers at King George V playing field - Credit: Archant

They may only be baby steps, but new Whitton United boss Duncan Wheeler is satisfied with the slow progress being made at the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division’s bottom club, 3pm kick-off.

Wheeler took over at the start of this month and after adopting a watching brief for his new side’s 3-1 home defeat against Fakenham – director of football Ruel Fox taking charge – his first official game at the helm ended in a 3-0 home defeat to FC Clacton.

Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s home game with Mildenhall Town, Wheeler, whose side are five points adrift of second-bottom Fakenham Town, said: “Despite the results, it has been fairly positive so far.

“We have got out of it what we wanted so far and we are making steady progression.

“I would not have expected much more and we are not looking for a quick fix or a miracle. It’s a case of building gradually and looking for positives.”

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Wheeler stressed on being appointed that his remit was to build from the bottom upwards, with the emphasis very much on bringing youngsters through from the club’s youth system.

That does not mean there will be no activitiy in terms of new faces coming into Whitton, but Wheeler again said it was not a case of the club having a blank chequebook.

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“We are looking at strengthening the team with one or two additions but we also want to bring a few of the kids through and we are not going to be throwing money at it.

“We will work within our means, we are looking at a longer-term plan and have already brought in three or four Whitton-based lads to come in to play for the reserves initially.”

Today’s opponents sit firmly in mid-table, led by the experienced Dean Greygoose.

They have won three of their last four games in all competitions and Wheeler is relishing the battle against a manager he knows well.

“I have worked with Dean before, I got on with him and I am looking forward to coaching against him,” Wheeler said.

“In terms of worrying about the opposition, our focus is more on what we do, trying to maintain our style of play.”

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