GUERNSEY’S national team coach Kevin Graham has backed Darren Williams to lead Whitby Town through a successful 2013 and beyond.
Graham, who played centre-half for Town in the Northern Premier League between April 2000 and November 2002 under Harry Dunn, told the Whitby Gazette: “Cammy [assistant manager David Campbell] and Darren are obviously developing something and hopefully he’s the kind of manager Graham [Manser] will back to build something successful over a longer period of time.
“In the same way that maybe Brendan Rodgers has got a plan at Liverpool, I think Darren’s trying to put something together that will bring sustainable success over a long period of time.
“I think the days are gone when you can just go and spend a load of money and bring players in and just buy success.
“You’ve got to do it in a sustainable manner. I do hope that people stay patient and back Darren, as I’m certain he’s the right man.”
The Channel-Islander, who’s now living back in Yorkshire, has been keeping tabs on his former club this season and would like nothing better than to see them start the new year, as they did 2012.
“I’d love to see the team kick on and put a run together”, Graham said.
“Just to develop some success on the pitch and to get up that league and maybe start challenging for play-offs.
“If not this year, then certainly next.”
With the club’s question and answer forum taking place last night (Thursday), Graham has a few suggestions to help out off the field. “You do have to have a family-orientated atmosphere to go forward,” he said.
“I know there’s a lot of hard work that goes into Whitby Town.
“It’s really important that they try and work with schools and community forums to try and bring in the next generation of supporters, stuff every club should look into doing.”
The Blues now allow under 16s into the Turnbull Ground for free, when accompanied by a paying adult and under 18s are admitted for just £2.
The pricing structure will continue into 2013, with leaders North Ferriby the next visitors to the Turnbull.
* Whitby Town are away to Marine on Saturday (5 Jan). A supporters’ bus leaves the club house at 9am.
There is a dominoes drive in the club house tonight at 8pm.