Burnham’s new manager Gifton Noel-Williams took his first look at his team this week and is convinced he can turn them into a winning side, writes Dave Wright.
The Blues have lost every league and cup game this season, but there has been considerable improvement in recent weeks. They led 2-0 before losing 3-2 in extra time to Highmoor Ibis in the FA Vase on Saturday and then on Tuesday battled hard against Oxford City Nomads, only to go down 2-1.
But Noel-Williams, 36, the former Watford, Stoke City and Burnley striker, believes his side can soon “start to produce some very good things.” He said: “They were lacking a little bit of quality here and there, but you could not knock their work rate. I thought they showed dedication to the shirt and showed that they want to be part of the club.
They are young men who don’t get paid to come and play, but they showed they really love the game and I want them to come every Saturday and Tuesday and give 100 percent.”
Noel-Williams will work with another Watford legend, Luther Blissett, who has been in charge of the team during the first two months of the season. The new manager added: “I believe we can make this squad really successful. Once I have settled in and the players are used to the words I say, then I believe that the team will start to do some really good things.
Hopefully I can pass on some of the knowledge that was instilled into me by the various managers I have played under, and I can be a good manager and make the club successful.”
Despite their strong Watford connections, it wasn’t Blissett who made the first move to bring him to The Gore.
Noel-Williams revealed: “I saw there was an opportunity at this club, so I contacted the chairman and we stayed in contact. I didn’t really speak to Luther about it, but he then contacted me after seeing my CV.
“He let me know a bit more about the club, what they are trying to do and what direction they want to go. Now I am happy to be part of it and hopefully, I can be a good manager and make the club successful.”
Blissett has also come to the defence of club chairman Gary Reeves, who has come in for some criticism from supporters in recent weeks.He said: “Nobody ever likes it when you have to pull the apron strings at a football club.
Everybody likes to spend, spend spend and that was happening at Burnham FC for some years. But Gary came in and saved the club from going under. It is a disgrace what some people are saying about him.
It is totally out of order. They just don’t know the facts. Without Gary, I would not be here, Gifton would not be here, nor would the group of players that are playing for nothing and putting in 100% effort in every match.
The players are doing it because of myself, Gifton, and what the chairman is doing to give the club a sound platform to go forward from. There are people who sadly appear to want to destroy the club.
I wish they would come down to see what is going on and speak to us and see what Gary and others are doing for Burnham FC. Our fortunes will pick up and it would certainly help with the progress if more people supported the club.”