Wroxham prepared for player departures

Wroxham chairman Tom Jarrett.

Wroxham chairman Tom Jarrett. - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Wroxham chairman Tom Jarrett admits the club is bracing itself for the departures of several players to link up with former manager David Batch at AFC Sudbury.

Batch left the Yachtsmen last month along with assistant Steve Eastaugh to join their Ryman League Division One North rivals and it is expected several of the current playing squad will tread the same path over the next few weeks.

However, Jarrett expects new manager Pawel Guziejko, who was appointed earlier this week, will want to start moulding his own squad before the start of pre-season.

'When a manager leaves certain players that like working with him are likely to go as well,' said Jarrett. 'We fully expect a small number of players to go with David.

'But by the same token Pav (Guziejko) will have players in mind that he wants to work with and we expect it to be a fairly busy time over the next few weeks.'

Guziejko, who left Anglian Combination Premier side Reepham Town to take over at Trafford Park, will meet with the current squad over the next few weeks to start planning for next season.

The Pole, who worked as a coach for seven years in the USA before becoming a coach at Norwich City's academy, is confident the Yachtsmen can improve on last season's 15th-placed finish.

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'The next two weeks will be very important and hopefully I will have the chance to speak to the players about our goals for next season,' he said. 'Hopefully we can get a better result than last season because I want the club to move forward.

'I also know that the first year is always difficult for a new manager especially when you don't know the people or the players. I'm full of enthusiasm and I will work to the best of my ability to earn the respect of everyone at the club. I would like to build something special that we can all achieve.'

Wroxham confirmed this week Kaine Challen will continue as the club's Under-21s manager whilst Mark Wilkinson has been appointed the manager of the Under-18s, who will also be assisted by Matt Halliday.

Guziejko is keen to harness a togetherness at the club with clear lines of communication from the youth team through to the senior side.

'There is plenty of work going on behind the scenes,' added Guziljko, who is expected to appoint an assistant later this month. 'There are always things you can improve both on and off the pitch and this is what we agreed to do together.

'Togetherness is what we need to apply. No-one individually can do much – we want to represent not only Wroxham but Norfolk in general. I want everyone to be proud of what we can achieve for this county.'