It is not the first time that Jon Froggatt has been ‘The Gaffer’ as four years ago – alongside now AFC Mansfield Assistant Mark Ward he took over the reins at Belper Town – and the 37-year old says that he is more than ready for the challenge at Sandy Lane.
James Colliver was dismissed by Parramore after a difficult start to the season, meaning that after a series of phone call, Jon and sidekick Steven Istead were given the job title of ‘Interim Managers’.
Jon commented, ” I think we have been underachieving this season for a club like Handsworth. It’s very sad, because we have good players who play good quality football. I can’t put my finger on the problem as Jas couldn’t – and ultimately that led to his dismissal.”
“Since we came onboard it’s been a case of trying to regroup and look at what we have got in the squad – and we have got good players – and trying to find a formula that works. The previous style wasn’t working for one reason or another, but Stevie and I are looking at playing a different style of football. We have good ball players and they are adapting.”
“After our first four games – which we won four out of four – we were a different class, but then we got annihilated by Penistone. We weren’t at the races that day but, even if we had been, we wouldn’t have matched them. They are a good, tough outfit. In my eyes, whoever finishes above them this season will win the league, because their performance against us was top notch.”
“After that disappointing result we went on to play Ryan’s Rossington, which was never going to be easy. I don’t like making excuses – but we have a bucketload of injuries and suspensions; players moving on; players that don’t want to be here anymore; so it’s been a difficult start for Stevie and I. We just need a settled squad, then we can kick on and play good football.”