John McDermott has told NLD’s Thomas Feaheny that he is ready to give his all to help Cleethorpes Town gain promotion in his new Director of Football role.
His move received plenty of positive reaction from fans and he spoke about how it came about “I took ill over Christmas, the Cleethorpes manager came to see me, we spoke about football, the plans for the club and he suggested something may come up and if I’d be interested in it, there is plenty of investment coming and it made sense for me to take it.”
When looking at what he will bring to the club, he says he knows there is plenty of potential within the group already “I wanted to join the club, hopefully they can push on doing well in the league and the cups, they have ambition, they don’t want to sit still, I have knowledge of higher leagues, I’ve coached and scouted there and they and I think it works, I want to look at the structure of the club and help it in anyway, but they already have good senior and youth coaches.”
McDermott, affectionately known as Macca, is the record appearance holder for Grimsby Town and he hopes both Cleethorpes and the League Two side can build on their relationship. “Whatever I have done at Grimsby, they have supported me and I now hope I can get some of them to the Town, when the team have wanted promotion work doing, I’ve always gone and done that.
The club is close to my heart, I want to see Cleethorpes and Grimsby both continue to grow, the team have local lads from the area, it would be great to get another 100 through the gate to help us.”
He left Harrogate Town where he was assistant after the club announced they were going full-time, McDermott says it was a hard decision.
“They went full-time, I was travelling a lot anyway, 600 miles a week, it would have been difficult for me to do it full-time.
It made sense to leave and come to Cleethorpes, I hope they go up this year, I’ve worked under quite a few managers, I really enjoyed working with Simon, his knowledge and work rate was second to none, he works 24/7, he will get them up, success is just round the corner, it was hard to leave, I enjoyed it so much, the fans get behind the team and it’s important they continue to do so.”
Finally looking at the aims for the club, McDermott wants promotion saying “We’re not looking to jump up tomorrow, we have to consolidate, we have been doing that, we are improving, floodlights, the facilities, the fan base everything, we are looking to go up this year and then be ready for next season, we have fans and the people in this area appreciate good football and we want to deliver it.”
Interview: Thomas Feaheny (@thomasfeaheny)