He is just three months into his ownership of Ryman League Premier Division club Billericay Town but Glenn Tamplin is clearly a man on a mission.
The Blues have made waves with some eye-catching additions to their squad since Tamplin completed his takeover in December.
The likes of Bromley trio Adam Cunnington, Rob Swaine and Alan Julian and Eastleigh winger Mekhi McLeod have all been added to Craig Edwards squad and if speculation is to be believed they won’t be the last of the big signings.
This week has brought press speculation that former West Ham United, Liverpool and England defender Paul Konchesky is set to join the club.
Tamplin confirmed that a press release is due to be sent out on Thursday evening in regards to a new addition, although would not reveal if it was confirmation of any deal for Konchesky.
However, the rumours show just how much enthusiasm the club is creating and Tamplin is ambitious in his plans for the Blues.
He said “If you look at the Bromley signings we made, people like Rob Swaine, they’re big signings. They are National League players and that is where we want to go here.
“I don’t want to create a team that gets out of the Ryman League and then have to build another team to get up from the league above.
“I want to create a team that is a National League team now. We aren’t going to just throw money at anyone, not at all. They have to be the right player to fit into what we are doing here long-term.
“They have to fit into our attempts to get into the National League.
“It is non-stop and I think everyone knows the rumours that have been flying around.
“Would Paul Konchesky fit into that? I think he would and we know he isn’t getting a game at Gillingham. Of course we would be interested but we are looking at a number of players to bring in to help us get to where we want to be here”.
Those comments show that Tamplin is ambitious and wants to take the club amongst non-league’s elite as quickly as possible.
However, he is adamant that they will stick to a business plan that he put in place shortly after taking over the Essex club.
A five to seven year plan was put in place, with a National League place the clear target by the time it ends.
Tamplin knows that patience is required, but is bullish in his assessment of their chances next season.
He revealed “When I took over we gave the club a five to seven year plan. We want to be in the National League, I am clear about that and when we get there we will look to get into League Two.
“We want promotion out of the Ryman League but I am patient. I know things can’t change overnight. We have to build something.
“We want promotion, then to build, then promotion, then to build. It’s a process for us and one that we are sticking to.
“We can get the play-offs this season; there is still a chance to do that.
“But if we don’t, and this may sound egotistical but I don’t mean to, but if we don’t get the play-offs this year, we will win the league next season.
“Within five to seven years we will be in the National League and I won’t stop until we give the supporters what they want”.
Tamplin was strongly linked with a takeover bid at Vanarama National League club Dagenham and Redbridge before completing his takeover at Billericay.
He was part of a consortium that looked to take control of the Daggers earlier in the season, with the move falling through, something that he admitted had left him scarred by criticism and accusations that were sent his way.
“I had a bad experience with Dagenham and Redbridge” he revealed.
“I think we were given a bit of unfair treatment by some supporters. There were some accusations of what our intentions were and they weren’t nice to hear.
“They can see what we are doing at Billericay, the ambition we are showing, the excitement going around.
“Some fans have been in touch and said well done for getting it going.
“I must say the Billericay supporters have been very, very special.
“They are genuine people.
“I’ll give them what they want because they are giving me what I want.
“Maybe some think we have gone overboard so far but I have always been the sort of person that if you give me one pound, I’ll give you five pound back.
“We will give them what they want”
The Billericay bandwagon is gathering pace, with the club winning seven of their last ten games in all competitions.
That leaves them nine points shy of the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs with a game in hand on fifth-placed Wingate and Finchley.
The likes of Cunnington and Swaine have made an immediate impact, hardly a surprise given their pedigree.
More new additions look set to follow in the near future and Tamplin is keen to put the focus on the supporters, rather than take any personal plaudits for his actions since the takeover was complete.
“I get accolades, and nice comments, which is great.
“But it’s not about me; it’s about the club and the supporters.
“They are the reason we are doing this, they are the reason why we are so determined and ambitious.
“The players and the management know what they are doing and they know where we are going.
“It’s an exciting time for us all and we will get to where we want to be”
A final pitch is made, trying to get a quick insight into Thursday’s planned press release.
“6pm tomorrow it will be sent out, wait and see” laughs Tamplin.
Patience is top of the agenda for everyone as Billericay continue to make the headlines.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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