Richard Bates re-joins us after a brief stint with Doncaster Rovers where he was able to gain valuable skills for training and game day techniques that will translate to a fast start for the Senior levels of CCFC this season.
Thanks, It’s good to be back.
So we have seen you as a player, a coach, a player-coach … what will we see this year? Is there a chance you will also double up as one of the goal posts?
Haha no…. Unfortunately I will just be coaching this year and maybe put the boots back on for our newly formed thirds team on Sundays.
You spent some time with Doncaster Rovers in State 1, learning from former CCFC coach George Moutafis, what are you bringing back with you to get the club ready this year?
Yes it was a good experience coaching up at Doncaster Rovers in State 1. I’d probably say the main thing I am looking to bring to the club this year a more professional way of preparing for training and a game.
What do you want to see at the end of the season for CCFC?
Hopefully a successful season with us winning the league and being promoted, a goal shared by everyone at the club across the board.
With a month of pre-season under your belt, how are you feeling about the lads that have returned and the latest additions?
Pre -season has been really good and I am very pleased with how it’s been going.
With the help of reserves team manager Ross Evans and senior team manager Drew Dickson and other senior committee members, pre-season which is normally a stressful time, has been plane sailing so far A lot of the lads from last year have remained at the club as they all want to make up for missing out on promotion. A lot of new players have also joined the ranks this year, there seems to be stiff competition throughout both squads.
Our CCFC youth teams are massive this year, can we expect to see some of the youngsters breaking through?
Hopefully... we already have a few young lads in the squad this year who have come up through the youth ranks and look right at home playing alongside all the senior players. This is credit to the coaches of our youth system.
What style of football are you looking to play this season? Are you going to stick hard and fast to your style or are you going to adapt to the opponent?
Each opponent will ask us a new question so if we have to adapt our style then I’ll do my very best to make sure the boys know their roles in any game plan. Ideally we want to be in a position that our opponents have to adapt to try and contain us.
We had Charlie Buse a few years back tie for the Golden Boot with Danny Allsopp while you were in charge, is that goal count something we can expect again?
Yes, Charlie was an important player for us a few years ago, but hopefully with the return of Dan Quinn and Samuel Au plus new recruit Jake Buckley the goals will be flowing once more.
With your first pre-season game under your belt, how are you feeling? Wasn’t the result we wanted, but what did you take away from it all?
Results in pre-season don't really bother me, I'd rather focus on our performance as a team and after our first games I'm extremely happy. It was a good run out for the boys on what was a very hot day against Point Cook. There were some good individual performances and a very good team performance by the lads, especially by the new boys who have integrated very well. Even from our reserves game there was a few good performances which I can already see there are lads pushing hard to get into the seniors.
Against Riversdale SC I was very pleased indeed! IT shows the fight we have regardless of the division of the club we are facing. I think Ross and I will have a few headaches trying to pick our best elevens this year!