Feb 28 2013 By Matt Lewis
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TONY O’Driscoll plans to build a team capable of mounting a promotion push next season after being appointed Hayes and Yeading manager this week.
O’Driscoll was placed in caretaker charge at the start of February following Nas Bashir’s departure from the club after a disappointing start to the campaign.
More than a dozen applications were received for the vacant position, including fans’ favourite and experienced former AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown.
However, director of football O’Driscoll has been given the job on a full-time basis and will continue to be assisted by Tristan Lewis and reserve coach Delroy Preddy.
No points target has been set and the new Hayes and Yeading management team have instead been tasked with preparing for the 2013-14 season.
“I want to build a side for next season; that’s the plan and that’s what we’re going to do,” O’Driscoll told the Gazette. “To be honest, that’s what we’ve been saying all season.
“We’re playing away from our home at Woking and we’ve never been under pressure to go up this year.
“The idea was to get a nucleus in place. What we don’t want to do is to get to the end of the season and have a few players leave. I’ve told all of the players that they will get a chance and it’s down to them to take it. If they don’t take the chance they’ll be out the door. It’s very simple.”
O’Driscoll will see out the remainder of the campaign at the helm and hold discussions with the club’s board in the summer over the possibility of a longer deal.
It should prove to be an exciting time for United who are hoping to move back to their new home, the Sharda Glass Stadium, for the start of next season.
A ground grading inspection is due to take place before the end of March and O’Driscoll is confident the club’s new home will be ready.
“The stadium is coming on,” he continued. “I know it’s been slow and there’s been a few issues but it’s going to be great to play there. The pitch is down and looks good. The 4G has been down for about a year now and we train there.
“It hasn’t got to be finished but certain parts need to be ready for them to come down and look at. I’m told it’s going to be ready. I do feel sorry for the fans who have to travel to Woking because it is an horrendous journey and it doesn’t matter what time you go there, you will always hit traffic.”
O’Driscoll’s first Blue Square South game in permanent charge will be this Saturday’s long trip to Truro City, who ironically were Hayes and Yeading’s first league opponents when he became caretaker.