After a turbulent start to his time at the club due to COVID-19, we caught up with Jordan Wimpenny to hear his views on the FA’s decision to void the season, what he expects from 2020/21 and much more.
Q – What’s your take on the FA announcement to void the season?
The FA have had to make a difficult decision which has impacted a lot of clubs which I can appreciate is difficult however for us it’s an opportunity to recharge, regroup, reflect and prepare ready for the season ahead.
Q – New managers don’t usually have so much time to get to know a squad, is the time away from the pitch beneficial?
As the new manager of this squad coming in at such a time is definitely a little different however this is a valuable time to make contact and touch bases with players to have those important discussions to allow them to know my intentions going forward. It also gives me and the other staff members a lot of time to plan, implement, prepare and review the season. This is time, I’m sure many other managers would agree, is valuable when we operate in a society that’s always 100mph.
Q – The players and yourself have taken to many ‘quarantine challenges’, how else are you keeping busy?
It’s important to keep the players engaged and focused, to keep their minds stimulated and to not let any bad habits form away from the club whilst we have this time away. It’s a good way to keep the social element between the squad. Personally, I am keeping busy through a lot of behind the scenes work for next season, exercising regularly and enjoying time to do the things we wouldn’t always get to do when at home. Keeping in contact with family and those close in this difficult time.
Q – With no group training, how is the team keeping fit and healthy during the isolation period?
Keeping fit and healthy in this time is key even if the start of the season seems along way away to keep yourself in shape and remain motivated is so important. The players have been doing home workouts, going for a run/cycle, the sessions consist of light weight sessions, HIIT sessions and resistant band work.
Q- Social media must be playing a big part in the squad staying connected?
Social media has played a huge positive role during this time as the players can keep in contact with each other through video calls, we can share ideas, challenge each other and just check in making sure that everyone is staying safe.
Q – But would you urge fans to put that to one side and make full use of the government’s exercise ruling?
We all must be following the government guidelines, the sooner we do then the sooner we can get back out on the pitch. I hope all our current and new supporters are staying safe during this time, that their families are staying safe and are all ok. We look forward to seeing them all when we are back.
Q – Let’s talk a bit more about you. How did you get into coaching?
I have a huge passion for football, I have always wanted to develop players and I personally have a huge drive for winning. I could not see myself doing anything else but working in football. I have been fortunate enough to work with some very good coaches which have helped my own experiences.
Q – How do you plan on using your past experience(s) to help bring immediate success to the team?
I have a unique philosophy/style of play that’s different to most of the teams in the league. I have been planning and preparing to build a successful team and, with the players we have, I know what we are capable of as a squad.
Q – Given that no one knows when next season will begin, it may be hard to set goals and targets so early on, but what will you be expecting to achieve next season?
Some may say it is but personally I don’t think it is, to have a vision or goal in your mind is key, to work towards and prepare for regardless of time scales. I want to achieve as much as I can this coming season with the squad and I’m excited to see the results on the pitch.
Q – This season has been the first in many where league standing and performances stagnated, are you confident of getting that consistent winning feeling back?
We will use our pre-season to build momentum going into that all important first fixture. Every training session, every game must be taken one step at a time to ensure consistency and our own standards remain that of high quality.
Q – Is there a message you want to give to the fans?
I have witnessed the support of the fans over the last season and can’t thank them enough for their constant support. I hope that all our fans are staying safe during this time and are looking forward to coming back next season. I myself am looking forward to welcoming back our current fans but also excited to gain new ones but until then look after one another.
Q – Finally, a word to the brave workers in the NHS?
Each day the NHS are working tirelessly to ensure that people are safe and are provided with the best medical care during this time. We must consider their own personal lives surrounding this time as it will be difficult for them just like it is for us and I applaud their work, care and skills for what they are doing for all those people out there, keep up the good work we all are very grateful for what you have done.