EXCLUSIVE: Mick Woodham's Windsor FC will be 'people's club'
Published: 7 Sep 2012 09:000 comments
Woodham was officially unveiled as the new boss in the Stag Meadow hot seat on Tuesday after Keith Scott resigned following news that his playing budget had been withdrawn.
Windsor-based Woodham admits he has taken over at a difficult time in the club's short history, but echoed chairman Kevin Stott's intention work with people who have the club's best interests at heart.
Speaking exclusively to the Observer, Woodham beamed: "It is certainly a position that I am going to enjoy - but it's not about me.
"It opens the door for the local community to come and play football and makes a statement for young kids to know Windsor FC is theirs.
"I have been involved in football at a local level for 12 years and it has been a constant battle for kids to play at senior level.
"A small percentage of them are good enough and want to play so they will get their opportunity."
Woodham continued: "Windsor is a fantastic club and is very close to me as I used to play for Windsor & Eton.
"From the moment you walk through the gates you get a very good welcome and those people need recognising.
"I want the supporters to recognise the players on the pitch and the players to recognise them back."
Speaking about his new man Stott - who is also the club's founding director - said: "Mick is philosophically the right man for the right moment.
"He can articulate back to me better than I could articulate to him - he gets what we are trying to do.
"Aligning yourself with someone like that gives you a brilliant platform on which to build.
"Mick has great contacts and is well respected - I have not heard anybody speak a bad word about him. He is enthusiastic, optimistic and realistic."
Woodham has already announced his intention to dove-tail the first team with the youth set-up - now managed by Gavin Mernagh.
Woodham said: "It is a challenge but a win-win situation.
"Everyone is now singing from the same hymn sheet and there is no nasty money talk around. There is no motivation needed, people want to play from the heart."
He added: "The youth and first teams will become one and embrace what we are doing. It takes time but there is no harm in promoting it.
"Jamie Jarvis had me in the dugout after half an hour of his appointment at Burnham and I really appreciated that - it sends out the right messages.
"If there are players that can progress through that is great - if not that's fine but at least the system will be in place - we are in no rush.
"It is also a good thing for Gavin - I am happy to have him around."
Woodham has been buoyed by the backing of young stars Ben Harris and George Gould who have agreed to remain at Stag Meadow while Robert Lazarczuk will return after a short spell with the Rams.
The trio could all star during Woodham's first game in charge - a visit from Egham Town in the Combined Counties Premier Division on Monday (September 10, 7:45pm kick-off).
He will also take his new-look team to Didcot Town if an FA Cup first qualifying round replay is required after Saturday's original tie at Stag Meadow (3pm).
Woodham said: "I took players with me to Bracknell and we came within a point of keeping them up so I know what they can do.
"George Gould is 100% committed which amplifies what we want to be and Rob Lazarczuk will certainly feature when he is fit. They are the right age and the right quality.
"Ben Harris spent four months with me at Bracknell and now look at him - he knows what he means to me."
He added: "I pretty much know what system and how we are going to play but the personnel is not quite in place. I have got some good people around me who will help and we will be competitive.
"We have got 10 points on the board already which will prove very beneficial until will settle down.
"There is no pressure but we have got to be patient."
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