DARREN BYFIELD is setting only one target for his revamped Redditch United squad when the season kicks off tomorrow – to be consistent.
The Reds boss says he learned a huge amount from his first experience as manager in what proved to be a roller-coaster campaign.
He admitted the second half of the season ‘wasn’t good enough’ as the Reds chalked up just a couple of wins after the New Year and finished in place in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier.
With ten new signings, the personnel is much-changed, but so too, suggests Byfield, is the mentality and desire to do their very best for Redditch, starting with Saturday’s home game against Dunstable Town.
“The best non-League players, those players that get the chance to go and play in the Football League or the Premier League, are the ones that are more consistent than other players,” said Byfield. “That’s what I want from my players.
“Last season we never won three games in a row. We won two, lost three or whatever.
“To get that consistency, you just need to focus on the next game, the next training session.”
Former Villa and Walsall striker Byfield says it was a big learning curve last season but he feels he is better equipped this term.
“It’s not about the mistakes I’ve made, it’s about getting things right,” said the Reds boss. “If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you fail. That’s true of any walk of life.
“I’ve assessed what I’ve done, and what we need in terms of personnel, to do better.
“The fans want to see their team, my team, perform. It’s not winning every single game, it’s about having players giving everything for Redditch United.
“It’s about having players who want to play good football, who want to get stuck in, who want to put crosses into the box, who want to create chances. It’s my job to make sure that happens.
“We’ve got a new team. The second half of the season wasn’t good enough. We needed help, we needed experience. We’ve got that.”
New player-coach Danny Jackman certainly ticks that box and will provide a much-needed voice on the pitch, while forwards Spencer Weir-Daly (()) and Vinny Mukendi and midfielder Kevin Monteiro have played at a higher level.
There’s also plenty of potential in other signings, with utility defenders Orrin Pendley and right-back Keenah Rosser and midfielder McAuley Manning stepping up from the Midland League.