Buckingham Town manager Neil Griffiths believes he can build something ‘very special’ at the club as he looks ahead to his first full season in charge.
Griffiths took over as Robins boss at Christmas and completely re-shaped the squad to lead them to safety having spent large parts of the season rooted to the bottom of UCL Division One.
Speaking after the season’s end, Griffiths said: “Overall I feel the season was a success and some crucial wins towards the end ratified all the hard work that had gone in before that.
“It’s amazing how luck doesn’t quite go for you when you’re at the bottom. The players stuck at it though.
“In my seven years of management I have never had a team that have remained as focused as these lads when results weren’t going our way.
“As a manager, it was new to me coming in midway through a season and taking over a team at the wrong end of the table. I underestimated how long it takes to build a solid side.
“We ended up finishing 15th and third in the form table, something we are all immensely proud of. It gives us real hope going into next season and will help us attract players.”
Having led the Robins to safety, Griffiths is now keen to ensure his side build on that momentum ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.
He added: “Our aims for next season is to be a competitive side in every game and knowing that every game we go into we have a chance of winning. I don’t want to make wild claims on places in the league as there will be some strong sides with big budgets.
“However, our finish of third in the form table tells me we can hopefully surprise a few and be seen as somewhat of a dark horse.”
Griffiths made wholesale changes to the squad when he first arrived, but he insists he won’t be doing the same this summer, adding: “We aren’t looking for a major overhaul.
“I am told by players all will be re-signing for next season and this gives us a massive base to build from. We will want to add three or four quality additions to take us to the next level.
“There are some changes to the back room staff, Gary Thurston my assistant leaves his post as he takes up the opportunity to revive his playing career.
“This was something that was agreed when he came with me from Olney. The support he has given me over these last few months has been a huge factor in our revival and I cant thank him enough for what he has given us.
“Incoming to the backroom staff are Gary Flinn and Ben Hill. They both boast playing at a higher level and their experience will be invaluable to the coming season.”
Griffiths’ long-term aim is to not only take Buckingham up into the Premier Division, but make them an established side at that level.
He added: “Long term as a minimum, I want Buckingham Town to be an established UCL Premier Division side.
“We have almost have a clean slate to build the infrastructure of the club and build something very special.
“There are things behind the scenes that will put the long term future in a very good place. It’s an exciting time to be part of Buckingham Town Football Club.”