Boss Cox wants Kettering Town to be 'greedy'

The Poppies manager is hungry for success at Latimer Park

Thursday, 5th November 2020, 12:00 pm
Kettering Town manager Paul Cox. Picture by Peter Short

Paul Cox believes Kettering Town need to be “greedy” in their pursuit of success in the Vanarama National League North.

While ‘non-elite’ football is paused for the duration of the four-week national lockdown, the Poppies will continue to train and play matches with their division carrying the ‘elite’ tag.

And Cox insists he will be looking at how his team can improve after making a stumbling start to the new campaign.

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Kettering slipped to their third defeat in four league matches so far this season when they were edged out 1-0 by Southport at Latimer Park on Tuesday night.

With their clash at Hereford this weekend being postponed due to the Bulls squad being in self isolation, the Poppies are not due to be back in action until a week on Saturday when they host Curzon Ashton.

Cox remains determined to find the right “formula” for Kettering but he admits his own impatience means he wants to find it sooner rather than later.

“We will continue to look at improving,” the Poppies boss said.

“We will be in tonight (Thursday), on Saturday, next Tuesday and next Thursday before our next game.

“I will look at the Southport game and I will go through it with a fine tooth comb and look at how we can improve.

“We have played three of the top four on Tuesday nights, two of them away from home and, apart from the Gloucester game, we haven’t been a million miles away.

“My frustration is, I want things yesterday.

“I know we are building this place and I know I want to put a squad together that ultimately grows.

“It’s a five-year plan to get the club into the National League but I think we have to be greedy and we have to want it earlier.

“Maybe that’s putting pressure on myself but there’s no tomorrow for me. I want a winning team and a winning formula and I want it tomorrow.

“We know what we are up against, we know about the resources some clubs have.

“But I just think one or two of our players need to grow into this league now and if they do, we will start to see consistent results.

“If they don’t, then we will have to look in other places. People might say there is time but there is never time in football.

“We can stand here and say it’s been a tough start to the season against clubs who are going to be up there but I want to be up there and, to do that, we need to be more ruthless and consistent.”