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Dermot on fixture release

21 June 2016

Fixture News

Dermot on fixture release

21 June 2016

Head coach ahead of tomorrow...

Dermot Drummy admits that he can’t wait for tomorrow’s fixture release day, when the Reds will discover their 2016/17 schedule.“I’m very excited for tomorrow,” he told


“It’s always interesting to see who’s going to be your first game and where you’re going to be heading to on the road.


“Matt and myself and everyone at the club have been putting in a lot of work on the training ground, refurbishment and talking to players.


“Sometimes you forget that you’re football coaches, but we just can’t wait to get training going and get the matches going with the boys, that’s what we want the most.”


The new campaign will signal the beginning of Drummy’s first full season in senior management, and the boss is relishing the challenge.


“Being a senior manager is exciting and it’s a different challenge to what I’ve been doing previously.


“But even in the two matches I learnt very quickly about staying in the game.


“That’s an area where we’re looking to improve, as well as trying to play attacking football. I do hear what the fans say about wanting to come here and be entertained – and that’s what we’ll be trying to encourage.”


The division has now taken shape following respective promotions and relegations, and the Head Coach revealed there will be some familiar faces in opposing dugouts next season.


“Gary Bowyer’s just joined Blackpool, and he’s a good friend of mine.


“Blackpool is a club I went on loan to when I was at Arsenal. I spoke to Gary yesterday and he’s got the same idea as me where he’s trying to build something up there too.


“I’m looking forward to renewing acquaintances when I’m going on the road.”


Cheltenham Town and Grimsby will be the new duo coming up from non-league for the new campaign, and the Reds boss is aware of the quality teams at that level possess.


“In terms of the teams who’re coming up from non-league, I watched Grimsby last year and they had some very good players.


“They played some good football and I didn’t think there was too much of a difference between themselves and the Football League.


“But then on the other hand you go to places like Fratton Park and you see what great fans they have too at the other end of the scale.


“I’m really looking forward to going to the big grounds and having our boys play in front of big crowds.”


You can find out the Reds’ 2016/17 schedule exclusively tomorrow morning here at 9am. 

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