Hendon boss hoping for extra time
PUBLISHED: 15:51 22 December 2010
HENDON manager Gary McCann is calling for an extension to the Ryman League season after the freezing weather handed his club an enormous fixture pile-up.
The Greens lie 10th in the Premier Division, just four points off the play-offs, but have between three and five games in hand on virtually all their rivals after the sub-zero conditions wiped out this week’s matches against Margate and Kingstonian.
McCann’s men were already behind following their run to the first round of the FA Cup and the manager (pictured) admitted: “We’re probably facing three games a week from January right through until the end of the season.
“I hope the league are going to use a certain amount of common sense and maybe extend the season. If they can’t see that clubs are going to need an extension, there needs to be some serious re-evaluation of where they’re at.
“We’ve been here before and maybe in the past, when we’ve been struggling, this period of rest has worked to our advantage.
“But we’ve got momentum and we’re in a healthy position, so we want to keep our foot on the gas. There’s nothing we can do, though – Mother Nature has her own set of rules.”
One silver lining is that the postponements have given injured players such as Aaron Morgan, Glenn Garner and Kevin Maclaren time to regain fitness, while defender James Parker should be available again in the new year.
But, with 28 league games to fit in between now and the end of April, the Hendon boss is planning to bolster his squad, with a central defender expected to arrive before Christmas.
“I’ve spoken to the chairman and he’s agreed to let me bring two or three players in, but I’m not a manager who signs anything that moves,” added McCann. “They need to be an improvement on what’s already here. We’ve got a young group and, if we can stay healthy, I don’t think we’ll be eaten up by this.”
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