Matlock boss Dave Hoole expects his summer additions so far will improve the quality in the squad and portray the style of play he brought to the team during the final nine matches of last season.
Former Boston United pair, full back Jan Yeomans and schemer Harry Vince have signed in at Causeway Lane after loan spells at Matlock last season, along with former Chester City winger Jordan Chappell, Alfreton midfielder Marcus Marshall and Jerry Nash, another midfielder, who was with Basford United last season.
“All of the players have featured at this level or above and the style of football we play meets their expectations and vice versa” Hoole explained. They are all high calibre players and we’re getting a good blend with a mix of youth and experience. Their fitness levels are up there with what we want and they also have a lot of ability”.
Hoole says he is continuing to talk to players ahead of the new season which gets under way on Saturday August 18 with the players reporting for their first training session on June 30.
“We’re getting a good response from players of this standard and above wanting to come to the club so that’s all good” Hoole continued. “We’re continuing to talk with lads that were here last season although one or two are away on holiday but pre season’s a while away yet and it’s going to be a busy few weeks”
Hoole’s style of football won many admirers in the final few weeks of last season and it emanates from Hoole being a Manchester City supporter.
“I’m a Man City fan although with Pep Guardiola it’s at the other end of the scale but the formation he’s used and the football he’s produced has seen them second to none and they’ve won the Premiership in style. I’m not saying we can go out and play exactly like Man City but I’m a big believer in qualities such as working hard to keep the ball and I’ve taken that on board and I think we did that at the end of last season and it’s good to emulate a top side.”
Hoole is also pleased that England have adopted this style.
“Gareth gave me a call and I put him on the right track” he joked. “Seriously though I’m pleased that England have gone down the youth channel as in previous sides the household names haven’t performed. Youth is the way forward, the under 17’s 19’s and 21’s have all done very well recently, so why not the senior side? I believe in this so sticking my neck out I’m going for England to make the quarter or semi-finals.”
Matlock’s last day opponents in 2017/18, Shaw Lane, have resigned from the league so Hednesford Town have been switched back from the Southern League Central Division. Hednesford though have appealed the decision, it is understood they have started building their squad with players based further south given their initial transfer from the Northern Premier.