Flexibility is key, says boss Ward

Paul Ward.
Paul Ward.

Sleaford Town boss Paul Ward wants to build from the back.

The recently-appointed manager admits that the ability to tweak tactics to suit each individual match is a necessity in the modern game.

But the one thing he believes is that a solid defence is a fine foundation for any football team.

“I’ve always been a big believer in a solid backbone in a side,” Ward said, when asked exactly how he plans to set up his squad in the United Counties League Premier Division next season.

“I think that’s always the place to start.

“But to be honest, nowadays you need to be able to adapt - it’s a key part of any game.”

Tactics may come under great scrutiny at football’s top level, but Ward knows that flexibility is just as important,if not more so, lower down the pyramid.

“So many things can change,” he continued.

“The pitch, the weather and the players you have available.

“One week in the UCL you can be playing against a footballing side and the next you’re playing a big, strong team.

“You have to be able to compete against all types of sides.

“You need to be versatile.”

Ward’s first signing as Town boss has seen him bring highly-rated forward Ryan Oliver back to the club.

Oliver has a proven record at UCL level, having netted for Sleaford, Deeping Rangers and Boston Town.