Giblin takes sole charge at Cottesmore
Cottesmore Amateurs boss Rich Giblin is targeting a return to winning ways after taking sole charge at the Leicestershire Senior League club.
Giblin has taken the reins after co-boss Alex Cross was offered the opportunity to become first team coach at Evo-Stik League Division One East club Stamford.
He explained: “I’ve spoken to the chairman and we’ve decided that I’ll take the job on myself for the time being to give the lads a bit of stability and I can’t see that changing.
“We wish Alex well because it’s a really good opportunity for him and he goes with the best wishes of everyone at the club.”
Amateurs return to action following the festive break when they host high-flying FC GNG on Saturday with Giblin hoping to halt a four-match losing Premier Division streak.
They lost 3-0 at home to Desford in the last match before Christmas and face a GNG side who recently added Stamford winger Reece Morris to their ranks.
Giblin commented: “I’m really looking forward to Saturday and it’s all about the performance.
“We don’t really know what to expect from GNG. They’ve had some strong results, but they then drew with Kirby Muxloe Reserves on Saturday although we’re not really sure whether they had some first teamers in.
“We know it’s going to be a test for us because they are going well this season and they’re among those sides in the league who are on a different page to us.
“But I’ve spoken to all the players who Alex brought in, the likes of Eathan Milne and James Waby, and they’re happy to stay at the club which is good for us.
“We’ve got a really good group of players who have just let themselves down a bit in the last four league games.
“We’ve tried to play football when we should have just battled. We’ve overplayed at times.
“We hit the post and the bar in the match at Desford before Christmas so we need to be a bit more clinical as well.
“That comes with results though as, when we were in the purple patch after first taking over, we were beating teams left, right and centre.
“It’s a 30-game season and we’ve just got to make sure we’re doing it right in the majority of them because it’s a mixed bag at the moment.
“It’s been typical Cottesmore with a win, a draw and then a loss. It’s something we really need to work on because we have to be more consistent.
“I can take losing if we’ve been outplayed by a better team, but it’s frustrating when you’re losing to teams you should be beating.
“We will always look to play football, but we don’t know how to win ugly yet and that’s something we are going have to learn.
“I want the lads to feel confident to express themselves and hopefully that will show in the coming weeks because we’ve got some win-able games coming up and need to start moving back up the table.
“We’re not exactly looking over our shoulders at the moment, but we need to get ourselves up into the top six or eight.
“We’ve missed a bit of an opportunity to do that recently and have lost a bit of momentum, but hopefully that will change.
“The players are all totally committed to the cause and they’ve been just as frustrated so hopefully we can start to click again.”
Cottesmore will have virtually a full-strength squad to select from with striker Tom Pope now back playing regularly after injury.
Defender Wilson Iron is also on the verge of returning to full fitness after a lengthy injury lay-off.