Harrogate Railway manager Paul Beesley is looking forward to having the opportunity to put his own stamp on his new side.
The player-boss will have the chance to work with his charges in training for the first time tonight (Thursday), one week and two games after taking charge at Station View.
“I’ve not had the oppotunity to hold a training session with the boys yet, and I’m looking forward to being able to do so,” Beesley said.
“I met the players for the first time last Thursday but they already had a practice match arranged with the under-18s and then we have had fixtures Saturday and Tuesday.
“There are things I want to work on with the players, and things we need to improve if we are to start getting results.
“Once I’ve had chance to get some of my ideas across in training I am sure we will start to see a difference out on the pitch.”
Beesley’s first two games in charge have yielded one point, courtesy of a 2-2 draw at Barton Town on Saturday, a result which ended a losing streak of four games.
Rail then succumbed to a 3-0 home defeat to Worksop Town on Tuesday evening, an outcome which confirmed to the former Harrogate Town frontman that he has much work to do.
“I started myself on the bench against Worksop as I had a tight groin from Saturday and this afforded me the chance to have a good look at things from the sideline,” Beesley added.
“It certainly benefitted me to be in the dugout because I learnt a lot, but I’m not sure it benefited the team out on the pitch.
“We played too many long balls, which disappointed me because I hadn’t asked the lads to do this. The first thing I need to do is try and get them to relax on the ball and enjoy the game.
“I will give the players who are already here the opportunity to prove themselves, but moving forward I will need to bring one or two in.
“We need to add some experience because that little bit of knowhow helps teams win matches.”
Rail’s next opportunity to earn Beesley his maiden victory as manager comes on Saturday when they host Charnock Richard in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase.
“I think that with a training session under our belts then we can go into Saturday’s game confident of getting a result,” Beesley continued.
“Fair play to the lads, since I’ve come in they’ve showed a good attitude, they’ve worked hard and I think they’ve taken onboard most of what I’ve been saying to them.
“We just need to start translating the effort they’re putting in into results.”