Orchard sets out his plans for the future

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NEW Buckingham Town manager Steve Orchard will focus on youth development as he looks to lead the club to promotion next season.

The former player, who took over from Kit Bamber, also says he will bring new players to the club as well as working hard to keep the current squad together.

Speaking about his appointment, he said: “It wasn’t an easy decision. I’m the type of person who thinks long and hard.

“There was a lot of talking to do and I had a lot of questions, especially with the issue of the ground.

“But I’m excited to try and get Buckingham back to the Premier Division, it won’t be easy because there’ll be difficult games and it’s a very competitive league.

“We have to keep the history of the club on our minds and there’s a responsibility on our shoulders.

“We need to make sure the future of Buckingham Town is as good as the previous 130 years of the football club.”

One of Orchard’s first tasks will be to keep together the current squad after a disappointing 2011/2012 season that saw them finish 11th in United Counties League Division One.

He added: “We need to persuade players to stay and also bring in one or two players. We have to get the right blend.

“We’ve already spoken to a couple of players who will join us.”

Orchard will bring Level 3 coach Stuart Hardwick as assistant manager and has also confirmed that he is talking to other coaches that he wants at the club.

The former Wellingborough manager believes the key is to bring through youngsters from the Buckingham area.

He added: “I want to focus on youth. It’s difficult at the minute without a ground but once we have that then people will want to play here with the quality of coaching and history of the club.

“I would like to make better connections with local area and improve the youth setup to work with schools, such as U18s and U19s.

“The club needs to forge links with the people and that’s something I’d like to do, there are some very good players and kids from the area but we need more.”

On the style of football that he will bring to the club, Orchard added: “I believe that the best style of football is trying to keep the ball.

“I’d like to make sure the players we bring in are suited to the style of football we want to play and that is making sure we have the ball.

“I want to have the GK roll ball out and build from the back. I also believe in flooding the box and hitting the box early.

“We need to make sure the players have as much touches of the ball as possible.”