Citizens manager, Ian Chandler, readying for summer build
Chandler prepares for summer building exercise after transitional first season
As he heads into the last game of the season against treble-winners elect, Shildon, Durham manger, Ian Chandler hopes his charges can give one last hurrah and bring the curtain down on what has been an at times indifferent, but rewarding season for the Citizens.
Having defeated Guisborough and Shildon, Bishop Auckland and Marske during what has been an up and down season of inconsistent form the Durham manger hopes that his summer building programme will bring instant success when play resumes in August.
“We normally produce better performances when we’ve played the bigger teams,” Chandler began.
“That’s been proved this season when beating the likes of Shildon and Marske. That’s also why I think we can do the same when we go there at the weekend, maybe upset the party.”
In their last home game of the season Durham came out second best against Stephen Harmison’s visiting Ashington. The result though wasn’t the full picture as the home side worked hard for the full game, had numerous chances, they just didn’t add the finishing touch.
With former Sunderland striker Ryan Noble partnering an industrious Callum Patton Durham have the tools in their arsenal, it was, quite literally, an off day for them.
(Durham manager, Ian Chandler, left, and chairman, Olivier Bernard, right)
“Ryan definitely just had one of those days against Ashington,” Chandler continued.
“The chances he had then on any other day, against anyone else, he’d have scored two or three and the rest would have been different. It’s the same as the game itself really.
“Ashington have always been a threatening side and it was a game consisting of two strong teams. We just missed a good too many chances and if you miss that many it will come back and bite you and so it proved.
“The second of theirs didn’t really mean anything, it was the first that proved decisive and if it had gone our way I’m sure we’d have won instead, it just didn’t happen.”
Now, as Chandler’s first full season at New Ferens Park comes to a close he is looking to build on and move forward from what has been a transitional period. With numerous options presenting themselves it’s looking like it will be a busy summer for him and, with the backing of chairman Olivier Bernard, he might just get what he wants.
“I am definitely looking at bringing in a few experienced heads,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of good players here already but with the experience as well then I can safely say that next we will be pushing for a top three finish if not challenging for the title as well. If we had beaten the lesser lights this season we’d have been up there anyway.
“We just need to have that little bit of luck and a good run of games, whether in the league or the cups, then we can go far and who knows what will happen. If we get the mix right on the field then we can bring more fans in, get some positive progression both on and off the field.”
Ian Chandler’s Durham City wrap up their season with a trip to Dean Street and treble-chasing Shildon on Saturday 24 April, kick off at 3pm.
Posted on 19/04/2015, in Football, Non-League and tagged Ashington, Bishop Auckland, Callum Patton, Citizens, Durham City, Guisborough Town, Ian Chandler, Marske United, New Ferens Park, Non-League, North East Football, Northern League, Olivier Bernard, Ryan Noble, Shildon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.