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A CATCH UP WITH THE MANAGER

22 May 2013

John talks to Gas Player

Today manager John Ward popped into the ground, and we caught up with him to get a quick update and he confirmed that things are currently all quiet at the Memorial Stadium.

He said: "It is quiet, and in a way that is quite pleasing, as there has been a lot of change over the last two close seasons. We have been able to calm it down a little bit.

"We have got a good squad to start back with, and then we will take it on from then. I am not really anticipating a major singing or anything special between now and that period."

The manager is still hopeful that Steve Mildenhall will be between the sticks for Rovers when the 2013/14 season gets underway.

He said: "I am hopeful Steve will come back. We have made a good offer to him and it is an ongoing process. Steve lives in this area and has his family this side of the country, so we hope that will influence things.

"He had a great time here and enjoyed the football and he got involved with some of the coaching work with the young keepers."

And the manager is also pursuing his interest in John Joe O'Toole, although he knows that the midfielder is keen to play at a higher level.

John said: "I am a fan of John Joe O’Toole and I would like to see him back here, but his performances when he was here attracted quite a lot of attention. He did extremely well.

"I have known him since my time at Colchester, and he wants to play at a higher level than League Two, but that doesn’t rule us out completely and he knows of our interest."

The manager knows that he has a young squad, but is pleased that it will be bolstered by a number of players returning from injury.

"It is a young squad. We do need that midfield senior player, and John Joe fits the bill there. It is something that needs to be done but it is not an immediate priority as I want to exhaust the John Joe option first. 

"We have a few players who will be back fit to add strength to the squad. The young players will have benefited from what happened over the last period of the season, where they developed well, and if they can improve this football club could have a good stable situation over the next two or three seasons."

And John also confirmed that he has not made any approaches to anyone about taking on the role of his assistant manager.

He said: "I haven’t spoken to anybody. I have discussed names and numbers with people like Marcus and the Chairman, but I haven’t approached anybody at this moment in time.

"I have a couple of names in mind that I am not certain about at the moment. I have got to get it right, and that is something I have to pay a lot of attention to."

To hear more from John visit Gas Player

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