Newly-appointed Dave Foster looks ahead after taking over the Kendal Town managerial reins (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Newly-appointed Dave Foster looks ahead after taking over the Kendal Town managerial reins
NEWLY-APPOINTED Kendal Town boss Dave Foster wants the club to continue moving forward under his stewardship and insists the play-offs are still the aim this season.
After a spell as assistant, the Ex-Parkside Road striker takes over the managerial baton from Steve Edmondson, who resigned his post on Sunday.
Foster was placed in caretaker charge of the side last November following Lee Ashcroft’s departure and took charge on Tuesday night after his permanent appointment.
With Edmondson’s shock departure, the former reserve team manager admits the last few days have been a whirlwind and has highlighted certain issues which need addressing quickly.
“Working under Steve, we’ve come a long way in the last 12 months when a tricky position was stabilised and I hope to continue that good work,” he said.
“The phone has been red hot but my initial focus was Tuesday and now that’s out the way I can start to piece one or two things together.
“I want some consistency out of the team. We have shown particularly at home we’ve got plenty of talent and are capable of making the play-offs.
“But when we’ve gone away from home we haven’t turned up at times so I’m looking for a bit more resilience.
“I always expect hard work and the lads to give everything they have, we have plenty of talent in the team and someone will always unlock the door.
“I want us to get the ball down and play and think it will be very rare we don’t score, it’s just a case of whether we can close the back door better.”
Foster and Ashcroft once formed a deadly strike partnership for the Mintcakes but the pair were in opposite dugouts this week as the latter made his return to Parkside Road.
Kendal were without the likes of Craig Dootson, Ross Lloyd, Ricky Mercer, Niall Cowperthwaite, Warren Beattie and Jordan Connerton through injury while Sefton Gonzales has joined Clitheroe.
And despite twice being pegged back by another familiar face in Alex Taylor following strikes from Martyn Coleman and Danny Mitchley, Foster declared himself pleased with the draw.
“It was a tough game but a point represents a good start for us although we were hanging on a bit at the end,” he added.
“There were arguably five or six lads that would be on the team sheet that weren’t available and I was pleased with the guys who came in and did a job.
“It’s a good start for Martyn and that’s what life is like as a striker, it’s all about goals and hopefully we will see a few more.”
With his first match done and dusted, Foster’s Kendal now face a home clash against Ossett Town on Saturday, followed by a trip to West Lancashire on Tuesday evening to face Burscough.
There still remains the matter of his assistant to resolve, while Foster hopes there may be some good news on the injury front heading into the weekend.
“The situation with my number two remains a work in the progress, I’ve had one or two thoughts but we’ll need to have discussions – it’s important I get the right person.
“On the injury front, there are one or two that aren’t far off, Doots has a chance but we’ll monitor him over the next few days.
“If he doesn’t make it Phil King will stay and continue the good job he’s been doing.”
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