Griffiths excited for Robins challenge

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NEW Buckingham Town manager Neil Griffiths says his first aim is to take the club back into the UCL Premier Division following a difficult 2012.

Griffiths has been named as new Robins manager after Daniel Kingston stepped down from the position to resume his role as director of football.

Buckingham have been without a permanent manager since Steve Orchard left the club by mutual consent in October.

Griffiths, who resigned as Olney Town manager in December said: “I took a break from Olney and when I came back I decided to offer my resignation because I thought it was best for the football club if I left.

“I initially planned to take a break from football for four months but I swiftly talked to Buckingham and for me it was an exciting, long-term project.

“I just felt refreshed and I was eager to go – I grew up close to Buckingham. They’re a big club at this level.

“In the short-term, I’m confident we can get out of trouble. There are a lot of good players at the club. They’re a very exciting team to watch going forward but 61 goals conceded is something that will need to be corrected.

“I think we need some experience to galvanise the younger players. I plan to make three or four new signings and I’ve got access to other players. We have a group of players that really care about the club and that’s what you need.”

Griffiths has already made five new signings that include Julian Old, full back Paul Blackwell, striker Ben Gallant, former Chester City player Anish Khinda and former Robins man Domenico Marsala.

Griffiths also made his first appointment as manager – making Gary Thurston, his former deputy at Olney Town, his new assistant manager.

He added: “The long-term aim is to get the club established in the UCL Premier League and I want to achieve that as soon as possible.

”I don’t feel this is out of reach at all. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to take charge of the Robins and to restore pride and success to this club.

“It’s an exciting challenge. We need everyone in every aspect to give their all for this to work. We will be restoring pride and I will set a points target in house that we aim to achieve, every player needs targets so that they can feel a sense of achievement in their performance.

“I will make sure losing is not a feeling we accept and try my best to instil a confidence and winning mentality to what I genuinely believe is a talented group.”

On his playing style, Griffiths said: “The football I play will depend on the players. I wanted ‘total football’ at Olney and that’s what I tried to develop but you can’t always do that on these difficult pitches.

“I want to play attractive football but ultimately it’s about winning matches whether it’s playing over the top to two pacey strikers or through the midfield.

“Because so many games have been called off I’ve still got 18 games left which is almost half a season so it’s certainly not a write-off.”