NEW Hucknall Town chairman Derek Blow believes the future is looking brighter at Watnall Road, both on and off the pitch.
Financial worries have surrounded the club in recent years, but with a new regime having taken over and plenty of hard work going on behind the scenes, Blow, who spent five years with divisional rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare before arriving at Hucknall, is looking forward with optimism.
He said: “Preparations have gone well and in terms of on the pitch, if we continue playing as we have been in pre-season, then we’ll be OK.
“It’s a very strong league and it will even be different to what we saw last year with several clubs having spent a fair bit of money.”
Blow is keen to see supporters return in numbers to Watnall Road but is well aware that fortunes on the pitch will play a big part in whether attendances pick up.
“There’s only one way to get more in through the gate and that’s to get the performances on the pitch to a high standard,” he said.
“I’d like to thank all of the fans who have supported us in the pre-season games. It has been great to see them there and we’ve had lots of positive comments about the way the team has played.
“It’s up to the fans at the end of the day. We will try and do things well and hopefully that will reap dividends.
“The pitch is looking great and the ground is in good condition. The function room is slowly getting there with more and more bookings coming in and I feel that generally the set-up is excellent.
“If everyone does their job properly, then I don’t see why, in 12 months’ time, we can’t really start moving forward.”
Financially, Blow says the club’s position is getting stronger and that there will be no extravagant spending taking place to try and bring success to Watnall Road.
He said: “We’re all volunteers here now. We’ve paid off lots of the debts and the new committee are very keen and doing their jobs.
“We’ve had no choice but to try and alter the way things were done here, such was the financial position when we arrived.
“Obviously change can be hard to accept but it’s necessary and things have to be done differently.
“We won’t be paying out silly money — that’s been the club’s downfall in the past, but there is plenty of hard work going on and I’m very happy with what has been happening here since we took over.
“It’s a huge challenge but we’re really looking forward to what lies ahead.”