Wednesday May 25, 2011
Tamworth FC introduced Marcus Law as the new first team manager this morning.
Marcus, who can easily described as a very ambitious young (as he is only in his mid thirties) manager, was most recently with Kettering Town after building up an impressive record with Coventry Sphynx, Racing Club Warwick, Quorn and Barwell after his playing career was cut short through injury.
Everyone at The Lamb would like to congratulate him on his appointment and wish him every success.
At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Marcus explained his reasons for joining Tamworth citing family life and his existing work with Aston Villa as the reasons why this was now the ideal position for him and, ultimately, Tamworth Football Club.
With Tamworth moving to full time training - four days a week for the coming season Marcus will combine his new role as manager with coaching work at Aston Villa and cited the proximity of The Lamb to the Villain's Bodymoor Heath training ground as one of the influencing factors of his choice to join Tamworth.
Recently married and with a young family at home in Coventry it will allow Marcus to combine life outside football with that of his chosen career which he hopes will, one day, lead to success in the Football League and beyond.
Marcus' journey through the game to date has given him a full appreciation of the role of everyone in a football club from kitman to groundsman to tea lady right up to the people who help run the club behind the scenes through to the board of directors and, of course, the fans.
"There is no doubt there is a massive disparity between the abilities of the clubs in this league from a financial respect with big ex-league clubs plying their trade. While we (as clubs) can't all be chasing the same golden egg with the vast differences in resources, and we will have to work within our means, there is no reason why Tamworth can't be amongst the best of the clubs at this level if the attitude is right throughout the club, amongst everyone, not only the players, from the start to the end of the season.
"We have to be realistic and we all need a sensible head as we start playing matches and anyone can beat anyone on their day.
"Tamworth survived last season and I'm sure Dale (Belford) and I will learn a lot of things from each other as far as the players and the Academy side of the club is concerned. I have experience of coaching up and coming players at Aston Villa and Dale has a wealth of knowledge from his playing and managerial days so I hope the relationship will be a very fruitful one.
"There is a loyal fan base at Tamworth and I want to build on that with good performances and everything that goes with it as winning football matches and entertaining at the same time is what will bring more fans in and help make this club a successful one.
"If everyone approaches the season with the same outlook and understanding there is no reason why we can't be successful.
'Adapt and overcome' and 'respect and reputation' are the phrases Marcus describes his managerial style and is looking to his squad and the fans to adopt the same attitude in the forthcoming campaign.
"I have worked hard in my career so far to earn the chance to take this position so I expect the same level of commitment from any players who pull on a shirt.
"Over the next couple of weeks I'll be working hard to learn the infrastructure of the club, meeting the staff and players and looking at the current squad obviously with a view to build on the players here already. I have no intention of sweeping out existing players just for the sake of it. I want to build a team that will bring rewards on the pitch and make the club successful."