Wisbech boss Allan Ross says top three finish and cup run would be great
Wisbech Town manager Allan Ross is already looking forward to next season after his temporary appointment was made permanent this week.
Ross' February appointment was the Fenmen's sixth in a turbulent season and although he could not halt the slide towards Step 5 football, he already feels he has built some favourable foundations.
After an unlucky defeat saw Ilkeston Town crowned Northern Premier League Midlands Division champions this afternoon (report here), he said: "Next season will be a complete rebuild and we will be so much more competitive. If we can be in the top three or four for the majority of the season and have a good cup run, I will be over the moon."
It will not be known for a week or two which Step 5 league the Fenmen will be placed in, but the United Counties League Premier Division North seems most likely.
There they would play against sides such as Deeping Rangers, Skegness Town, Boston Town and Sleaford Town - and possibly Fenland rivals March Town if they are switched over from the Eastern Counties League.
"That league is ideal as geographically it gives us a good chance to sign players and from my past experiences I have good knowledge of many of the opposition teams. But, whatever league we play in, I will sign players who want to play for us."
Ross also praised the Fenmen faithful,many of whom were delighted with his permanent appointment: ""The way I have been welcomed by our supporters has delighted and overwhelmed me.
"They've seen the work me, my backroom staff and the players have put in and that has made me delighted to commit to the club.
"I am very emotional to be chosen to lead this club. When I drive in from Boston it's a good feeling when I see the Wisbech sign and remember I'm the manager of the biggest football club in the area.
"The support I've had gives me the confidence that what I have been doing is right, but now we need to take it to the next level.
"Now I need to nail down seven or eight of the players we already have and I have identified another six or seven I want to bring in."