'It's a slow process': Kendal Town Assistant Manager Michael Stringfellow believes the Mintcakes are moving forward (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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'It's a slow process': Kendal Town Assistant Manager Michael Stringfellow believes the Mintcakes are moving forward
WHILE three points from six games does not make particularly pleasant reading, Kendal Town Assistant Manager Michael Stringfellow believes the Parkside Road plan is heading in the right direction.
With the final straight of the season rapidly approaching, the Mintcakes host Padiham this weekend – one of six homes games in their remaining 12 fixtures.
With a play-off berth looking increasingly unlikely, Stringfellow is anxious for Kendal to return to winning ways as soon as possible to avoid the current campaign petering out.
“You cannot change everything at once, it’s going to be a slow process but we are starting to improve certain aspects of our game,” he said.
“From our point of view, I’ve always liked to judge each game as it comes and not always been the sort of person to set targets, doing that can sometimes mean you overlook the next game.
“Having said that we obviously want to go on a good run and we don’t want the season to just fizzle out, we want something to play for.
“Also, Dave Foster and I are now looking at these lads and they need to perform for us as we are thinking about next season. Players have to keep on their toes all the time.”
Stringfellow started the season at the heart of the Kendal defence and returned in November as Foster’s deputy following a period of time away from the club.
Last season he was joint-boss at Lancaster City alongside Neil Wainwright but Stringfellow – the Development Centre manager at Morecambe FC – insists there has been no problem in adapting to life as a number two.
“It was a great opportunity to return to Kendal as Assistant Manager and it’s a good progression for me to keep involved,” he added.
“It’s a great club who give backing to me and Dave in whatever we’re doing to put things right and it’s a pleasure to coach here.
“It’s not strange coming in as number two. I did the majority of coaching at Lancaster City when I was there and it’s good for Dave if he wants to bounce ideas around.
“The coaching side of things is my forte really and to get back in and get back coaching again was a great opportunity.
“I’ve stepped back from the playing side of things as it’s difficult playing and then going in at half-time as a coach – if you’re out of it you can see things more clearly.
“But obviously if we’re struggling at centre-half I’m available.”
Kendal’s defeat at the weekend was their second in a row against a team chasing automatic promotion although Stringfellow was content with his side’s performance.
“There were a lot of positives from the game with Warrington, they’re top and the table doesn’t lie – I think we gave a good account of ourselves,” he said.
“We were disappointed to come away with nothing and looking back I don’t think there was much difference between the two sides.
“But winning is a habit and they have that – it is something we need to emulate in a bid to get a few more points away from home.”