Mangos' high hopes

July 28 2020

MANGOTSFIELD United have started planning pre-season as club's wait for news of when league football will re-start.
Manager Glyn Ashton told supporters on the club website that he was currently expecting league fixtures to start in late September or early October, subject to government guidance.
He said: "The squad for the coming season will be based upon the younger players that finished last season with us. Whilst results didn’t go our way in the games I managed, I felt that we were competitive in every game, and with key players returning from injury and a few additional players in certain positions, I feel that we are more than capable of competing well next season.
"In addition, a lot of the players we have would have either played for our youth teams or live in, or are close to, Mangotsfield and therefore have more of a connection and loyalty to the club, which ideally is what I’m looking for."
Glyn said the club's partnership with SGS College would also play a big part in player recruitment, drawing on the college's "exceptional talent pool", which includes many former Mangotsfield Youth) players, while the college's head of male football David Hockaday, a former Leeds United head coach, will continue to be part of the Mangos' coaching staff.
Glyn thanked those who had donated to the club's crowdfunding campaign and said: "Along with other initiatives going on in the background I believe the club’s future is very bright with exciting times ahead."
The club will publish details on friendlies when known.
Dave Smale