Youth provides the key for Morsley’s Needham evolution

IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY: Tome Dew, who could play a major role under new manager Mark Morsley next season
IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY: Tome Dew, who could play a major role under new manager Mark Morsley next season

Needham Market manager in waiting Mark Morsley has revealed it will be ‘evolution not revolution’ when he takes charge as of next season.

The former Leiston manager, who has signed a four-year deal at Bloomfields, will replace current boss Danny Laws at the helm in the summer, with Laws taking a back seat as head coach.

And while the move may have come as a shock to some, Morsley revealed Laws played a vital role in implementing his return to the club and believes the strong relationship between the pair will play a major role in taking the club forward.

“The move came out of the blue for myself,” he said. “Me and Danny worked with each other for a year and after he decided to step down we had a chat and with the package on offer being so attractive it wasn’t a difficult decision to return to the club.

“I think he liked the idea of working together again and the challenge ahead of us.

“Despite stepping down he will still be heavily involved, we both know the club well and have a strong affection for it so the move just seems right.

“I like to have a strong management team in place who I trust 100 per cent and the relationship between me and Danny will be key and fundamental to taking this club back to a higher level.”

Despite not taking an active role in team affairs until the next campaign, Morsley has already begun to put plans in place for next season as he aims to build a squad ready to challenge for promotion.

And although conceding to not being impressed with the disappointing 1-1 draw with Tilbury on Saturday, in which Sam Newson levelled after 70 minutes, Morsley revealed there will be no wholesale changes, but will aim to place an emphasis on the club’s talented youth players, such as Tom Dew and George Clarke.

“We haven’t been good enough all season and it isn’t rocket science to know changes will be needed,” he added.

“Saturday gave me a chance to see the team for the first time and it showed we need to be stronger, no doubt.

“However, that doesn’t mean better players, there certainly won’t be a Harlem Globe Trotters approach.

“I have been hugely impressed with the academy and particularly players like George Clarke who will benefit hugely in the first team.

“We need balance of experience and youth but as early as next season I want some of the academy boys involved in the first team, that will be the blueprint.

“The play-offs will be my aim, but I’m fully aware there are no quick fixes, that’s why I signed a four-year deal.

“However, there are promising building blocks in place at this club with the set we have and I aim to bring evolution not revolution.”

n Needham travel to 10th-placed Brentwood Town tomorrow (3pm), before entertaining Wroxham on Tuesday night (7.45pm).