Strong foundations will help Buxton build again for next season, says assistant manager Tim Ryan

Buxton FC v Matlock Town, pictured is Buxton assistant manager Tim Ryan and manager Martin McIntosh
Buxton FC v Matlock Town, pictured is Buxton assistant manager Tim Ryan and manager Martin McIntosh

Assistant manager Tim Ryan believes Buxton have strong foundations to build on last season’s success, as they look to go one better next time around.

An impressive 2016/17 campaign saw the Bucks finish seventh in the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - just three points shy of the top five and an end of season play-off spot.

And, while their work on the pitch is done for another campaign, Ryan and manager Martin McIntosh are busy off of it to ensure the club are best placed to kick on once more.

He said: “We want to build on the success of the whole club. We’re looking to retain most players from last year and add three or four new players to help take us on that bit further to where we all want to be around the top of the league.

“The work has already started for next season. Me and the gaffer speak everyday on the phone about players and targets and as soon as the last ball is kicked or when players that fit the bill for us are released we are on it straight away.

“From the chairman to the kit man, the whole club has got a good vibe around it. It’s a really enjoyable place to be at. The manager has been here for five years, I’ve been here for just over three-and-a-half years and it takes time to build success.” And added: “What we’ve planned and worked on is to try and make ourselves better each year. We’ve got to build again and try to improve next season. We’re always looking to improve and strengthen areas of the pitch where we feel we can.”

Buxton boasted a strong home record last season and Ryan said two areas helped them do so - improvements to the Silverlands pitch and the supporters who turned out to cheer them on.

“We always rely on playing fast, attacking football so the work the club has done on pitch has helped,” said Ryan.

“The supporters have been great too and we thank them for that. They always turn out in their numbers and give us a boost. We’re pleased with home performances and we’ll look to carry that on.”