The Walthamstow first team were back in training this Saturday morning at Wadham Lodge. Before things got underway, the club’s summer addition to the media team Aaron Connolly spoke to manager Ryan Maxwell about his targets and objectives for next season, what it’s like being the manager of Walthamstow FC and who we should look out for next season.
What are your thoughts on last season and how it went?
Reflecting on last season, it was a massive improvement for Walthamstow. Finishing 3rd was slightly disappointing but there were so many positives. Our number one objective was to get our name out there and we did that so having found a gem in Sammy (who’s trialling with a Championship club) and having a 42-goal striker is a bonus.
What did you learn from last season that will help you with the upcoming one?
Referees are not my best friend that’s for sure! The rules have changed and it was always going to be about learning and understanding these. It’s taken a little longer for me to adapt but going into next season, I am prepared for any rule changes.
What are your objectives or targets for the upcoming season?
Anything better than 3rd is our target otherwise there is no point. It was a good season for us but we always want to do better and going into next season that will be our main focus.
Who will be a player to look out for next season?
The obvious choice is Dwade James. We were delighted he stayed and didn’t opt for the several clubs that could’ve had him. We have a couple of new additions that will be ones to look out for but I won’t say too much. You have to wait and see them in due course!
Are you happy with the squad numbers and who you have at your disposal?
It was a lot easier to attract players this summer. Rather than making the calls, I was receiving most of them so recruitment was certainly easier. No manager is ever going to say they’re happy but at the moment, I am delighted with the squad.
What is it like being the manager of Walthamstow?
It effectively a new club so it’s great. There is a lot of support from behind the scenes, especially with the chairman. Everyone at the club has the same desire to be successful and that is what we will work towards.
How long have you been the manager and what has it taught you?
I had a full season last year and caught the backend of the previous season. It’s been a big change from fighting relegation to finishing 3rd but that could only be a good thing. I’ve learnt how to survive and survive in difficult circumstances. Walthamstow have become competitive in such a short space of time.