Ahead of Stow’s next fixture away to Tower Hamlets, we had a chat with Walthamstow manager Ryan Maxwell. He spoke about Lewis Francis being in a Stow shirt, his absence from the dugout last Saturday whilst also previewing tomorrow’s Essex Senior League fixture.
Big news is that Stanley Muguo wants to join Walthamstow on a permanent basis, what can you tell us about that?
Yes, we’ve managed to sign Stanley who is a very good player. He comes with loads of experience and in fact, has chosen us over many clubs in the Bostik and that says a lot. He likes whats going on at the club right now and I thought he did really well against Saffron Walden so that is a huge signing.
With Lewis Francis now a Stow player, could he make his debut tomorrow and how excited are you to see him in a Walthamstow shirt?
He will certainly feature tomorrow. We are looking to getting the best out of Lewis and get him up and running and Lewis himself can’t wait to get started. He understands that he needs to be patient as we are flying at the moment but he is going to be a key player once he’s as fit as the other boys.
We play Tower Hamlets for the third time tomorrow, how do you preview another tough test?
We certainly won’t be taking Tower Hamlets for granted. They are a decent footballing side and I’ve told my players that in the meetings were had before playing them. They’ve had a couple of good results and they are getting better, playing in an attractive way so fair play to them. It’s a game we have prepared for and look forward to.
You’ve turned down a job offer from a Bostik side, what can you tell us about that?
I had an approach from a Bostik club last week. I wouldn’t say it was out of the blue but I was still flattered none the less. Although it was the club in the league above, I didn’t feel it was the right time and kindly turned them down.
Why did you turn down the offer?
The main reason is because we’ve built something special at Walthamstow. It’s not happened overnight but it’s been a fantastic journey so far and we’re currently unbeaten so to leave it now, would be a silly decision. Plus I wouldn’t leave the players as they’ve put in so much for me. At the end of the day, I’ve decided to replay the loyalty that some of my players have given me when turning down clubs in the higher leagues.
Many noticed your absence from the dugout last weekend against Saffron Walden, why weren’t you there and what did you think of the game after seeing the footage?
It was incredible frustrating not to be involved on the touchline because I want to get my point across. Having watched the footage, I am delighted with the performance as we dominated Saffron Walden who played 5 at the back and spent the game defending. That in itself shows how scared teams are of us but we should’ve come away with the three points but they needed the win more than we did. A lot of respect has to go to Nicky Symons and my assistants who took the game so thanks to them.