FC Humber United are very pleased with the early preparations that have been made to build the club upon, preparations that will aid the club in forging the path ahead. First Team Manager, Mark Maspero and his coaching team have recently made a return to training and can now begin their hard work for the upcoming 2021/22 NCEL Season. Quoting Mark on previous thoughts, the gaffer certainly will be up for the task at hand, “…It’s refreshing to be involved with a forward thinking, honest club with the desire and passion to grow both the first team and the club brand. It’s inspiring to see the Chairman and Director of football putting in so much of their time and effort, proper blood, sweat and tears, to make this club the biggest in the region.” In continuation, further preparations will be made in the coming months to strengthen, build and gel the squad ahead of the NCEL Season.

The gaffer has also previously commented on his thoughts for the squad to which he has shared his thoughts on moving forward, “…Instill my game model and a club ethos. It also allows the players to buy into what we all want to achieve.”.  All in all, by seasons start FC Humber United will look to be in the strongest position possible to compete with the best the NCEL has to offer.

With the recent activities at the club, I recently caught up with the club’s manager, to gain an insight on recent events and for Mark to share his thoughts on how early preparations are planning out. In discussion, Mark shared the following when questioned on the early stages of the off season;

After a return to training these past weeks, How has the squad responded to these early sessions?

“As you can imagine, everyone has been extremely keen to return to football, we’ve had good numbers for all 3 training sessions and have managed to get a couple of basic messages across. It’s been exciting to see some new faces, especially nice to finally meet a few lads we’ve spoken to for a couple of months but haven’t met till now and great to see the squad finally starting to gel.”

Albeit early stages, Do you feel the squad are buying into the Club’s philosophy?

“We have only worked on a few basic messages. Expectations whilst in and out of possession and how we want to manage transition. We are looking to see which players can do the basics well. We will get to work on the Clubs Philosophy once we start preseason.”

Off the back of returning to training, the club had three trail games, if you would, please share your thoughts on the game’s and how you feel the squad look in the early stages of pre-season!?

“The three games have provided three different environmental tests for us. We’ve had to deal with hard bobbly pitch, a game in gale force winds and a game with a perfect pitch and weather. Unfortunately, we didn’t deal with the first two tests particularly well. But in perfect conditions we really excelled.

There were lots of basic errors and excuses in the first 2 games. And we all had a discussion about standards and expectations. We didn’t press the ball correctly and weren’t brave enough in possession. We have some fantastic young footballers who have big, big futures ahead of them, but we may need one or two more experienced players to help the skipper, Kev Simpson, on the field and in the dressing room.

The final game was a pleasure to watch, everything we asked the players to do, they executed very well. As coaches we are asking the players to do something they might not be comfortable doing at times, but they started to trust the system.”

Albeit early stages and with early efforts now in place, how do you feel the club, is shaping up ahead of their first season under the FC Humber brand?

“The squad at the minute is shaping up well. We have some good young players who have been released by professional academies and some that have been playing at U19 level, all looking to prove themselves at this level. We have some that know they can play at this level and are looking for the chance to prove it to the world. We are missing a couple more proven players at this level just to help with standards on match days. Our scouts and Director of Football, Marc Brown, are working hard behind the scenes to bring in those type of players.

We are positive about the future, but know we still have a way to go yet to be competitive.”

In conclusion, as the gaffer quite rightly spoke on, FC Humber produced a solid performance in their third warm up game, this past Saturday. A performance that had the club come away with a well-deserved 4-1 victory against a very good Crowle Colts FC. Off the back of the return to action, club skipper Kev Simpson, has quoted the club as showing great intensity and drive throughout, in a solid performance. Early signs are there and Manager Mark Maspero, his backroom staff and the FC Humber squad now have a platform to build upon, aiding them in forging their path to being in the strongest position possible for the coming NCEL season.

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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April 11, 2021