Tuttle: ‘We need your support to fulfil potential’By Adam Lee
September 03, 2009
Dave Tuttle, the new manager at Bracknell Town FC, has pleaded with the people of the town to come to Larges Lane and support the club in his first home game in charge against Andover FC on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Many fans have called for the club to begin looking at local players rather than relying on those travelling from further afield with no real affiliation to the town.
And those are sentiments shared by the former Millwall manager, who wants to see the club return to its community-based roots.
“Bracknell is a community club and and it’s disappointing with the way things have gone there in the last few years,” he said.
“Just down the road, it looks like Slough are now doing okay after some rough years, and it’s about time the supporters here had something to cheer about.
“The more people we can get into the ground, the more chance there is of that happening.
“I think the players here could actually go up a few more levels and we will be looking at new players in the next few weeks.
“There are players interested in coming to the club, but what we need at the moment is a few more supporters coming in as with the more people there are in the ground, it gets the players going more.
“There is a long-term plan for the club, but the first thing is to try and get the supporters back.
“The more supporters we can get in, the more help we can give the team.
“There’s no way I’m here for the short term – I’m here to do a job and if it takes a few years then so be it.
“I want the supporters to be at the ground and they will see a difference in the club in the next month or so – they will see that we want a succesful team back in the town too.”
Tuttle recently worked as scout with Paul Ince at MK Dons, and many fans will be hoping that the new manager may be able to attract a few players who may have fallen through the net with professional clubs.
However, if the fans are to start returning through the turnstiles at Larges Lane, Tuttle wants to see local players perform in front of them, and is expected to hold open trials in the next few weeks for any players interested in signing for the club.
“There are possibilities [for new players] all over the place, but the first place we’ll be looking is in the local area because we need players from the Bracknell area,” said Tuttle.
“If they care about the club and the town then that’s our best chance of taking the club forward.”
Tuttle’s first game in charge was in the FA Cup first preliminary round at Bristol club Mangotsfield United on Saturday.
Although the Robins ended up on the losing side, the performance in the 2-0 defeat was a far cry from the 8-0 drubbing handed out by Bedfont Green just four days earlier.
And Tuttle now expects to build on that performance, and hopes to bring much of his professional experience to the club to help the players fulfil their potential.
And he is relishing the challenge at Bracknell after more than three years out of management, insisting that he was getting itchy feet as a scout at MK Dons.
“The players responded well to what we asked them to do on Saturday and will do even more so over the next few weeks,” said Tuttle.
“There were some very good performances on Saturday.
“Dave Stevens, Smithy [Gary Smith], the goalkeeper [Michael] Power-Simpson, James Williams-Richardson and Mansell Way were all very impressive.
“Dave was captain and was outstanding so there is hope there.
“Paul Ince is doing a fantatstic job at MK Dons and I keep in contact with him, but for me it was about getting back on the managment ladder.
“I’d approached Bracknell last year but they went with someone else then.
“When I realised the manager [Carty] left I got hold of Tony [Hardy, club secretary], then went to the Bedfont Green game last week and spoke to him there.
“It’s always been my aim to get back into management.
“All the memories from Millwall were good but now I’m just looking forward to Bracknell.
“We will be bringing a lot of that experience training-wise and trying to make it a more professional set-up at the club.”
But with the club languishing rock bottom of the Southern League Division 1 South & West, Tuttle has his work cut out to try and install a winning mentality into the squad.
Tuttle, though, seems to have the utmost respect for his players, and is confident that he will soo have them firing on all cylinders.
“I like to play winning football, but at the moment it’s got to be back to basics,” said Tuttle.
“We need to start getting results and keeping clean sheets.
“We’ll have a couple of weeks off after the Andover game when we’ll have the opportunity to work on how we want to play.
“It’s very aggressive in this division and we have to build on our upper body strength because there’s a lot of kids in the team and they need to learn quickly – but I’m sure they will.
“Everyone would like to say we can get in the play-offs and get promotion, and if we did then we would have been succesful.
“But if we don’t do it this season, it will happen sometime.
“It is down to us to make sure that what happens at the club now is right.
“No-one’s getting excited that we’ll win the league, but we need to build a community and be a football club in the town that people can be proud of.”
— Bracknell Town’s Youth team are also playing at Larges Lane before Saturday’s game with Andover, and the club urges anyone to come along and offer their support to the team.