Tamworth FC’s Gary Smith gives thoughts on a season cut short once again

Tamworth FC joint boss Gary Smith has been reflecting on a second successive campaign cut short due to the pandemic.

The FA confirmed last week that the season was over, after Tamworth hadn’t played a league game since October 24, when they defeated Biggleswade 3-0.

The Lambs were lying fifth at the time the season was stopped, having also been in pole position for promotion when the 2019-20 campaign was null and voided.

Smith said: “We will be speaking to Bob (Andrews) and Steve (Lathbury) this week to see what direction we are heading in once we come out of the lockdown we are in, in preparation for next season.

“It’s just been a weird experience for everyone. In football terms, we have seen two years wasted and everyone is back at square one, as you were. We haven’t moved for two years. “

Smith said the squad had been keeping in touch despite being unable to meet.

“We have our whatsapp group and as soon as we hear information we pass it on so that everyone is in the loop.

“Obviously, once we meet up with the chairman we will have a better understanding of what we are able to do and what we can’t do.

“Moving forward we will have to see what happens with the squad. We have some experienced lads and a good core of young lads as well.

“We will have to have a look at what we can keep and what we can’t depending on the power of the club’s spending after this pandemic.

“For many a club it’s going to be very, very tough with no revenue having come in for two years. It’ll make it even harder for clubs to get the teams out there they want.

“We will have to wait and see. I don’t see a total clear out being an option.

“We have a great base of lads and that changing room is great. Just depending on how things turn out, hopefully we can keep a good number. We just have to determine how we are able to operate.”

Smith said he is desperate to get back to enjoying football on a Saturday afternoon.

He added: “We have all missed the matchday experience. We just want to get back on the pitch, on the touchline, the fans on the terraces. We can’t wait for that to return.”

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