Tamworth hot seat is ‘dream job’ for Smith as he confirms where he will be next season

Credit: Kieran Riley
Credit: Kieran Riley

Gary Smith has labelled being Tamworth boss as ‘a dream come true’ after confirming he, Andrew Danylyszyn and Thomas Baillie are all staying put for next season.

The trio have been influential in the Lambs’ resurgence despite the Covid-19 pandemic stopping two title tilts in their tracks.

As the world edges ever closer to normality, Tamworth’s management team have already held crunch talks regarding next season’s playing budget, with more talks scheduled before training restarts in June.

A club legend, Smith’s affiliation with the Lambs started immediately after he signed back in 1995, making over 200 appearances in a six-year stint as a player.

Since then, he’s always had one eye on a return to the club he fell in love with.

“It’s my dream job, really,” Smith beamed.

“Having been a player in the past and knowing the stature of the club and how passionate the supporters are and the people that run the club – there’s people still at the club now that were there when I played here. To be now working alongside these people again is a dream come true.

“I know the place so well. I know most of the people and I’ve met some new people along the way. That’s made things, particularly the transition into management, so much easier.

“I’ve got a great support network around me and we’re all fighting for the same cause.

“It makes the job more enjoyable when you’re working with people you can relate to and who give you that support to help you do what you want to do.

“There are no issues surrounding ourselves in terms of us being in charge of the club next season. We just want to move forward now and get stuck into the planning for next season.”

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Smith doesn’t expect any announcements soon about who will be returning on the pitch for Tamworth next season, but he wants as many as possible back in the fold.

“Me, Tom and Andy have spoken quite often through lockdown and we want to make sure we can still do as well as we can,” Smith added.

“We want to make sure we’re still competitive. A lot of what we can do this season will depend on what the football club can afford because at the end of the day, when there’s no revenue, where do you get the money from? It’s not a bottomless pit.

“We’ve got meetings and we’ll put our case forward as best we can and put a squad together that is hopefully capable of achieving something.

“We’d like to keep as many of the squad as we finished last season with. But it’s difficult because we don’t know what the finances are yet.

“It would be brilliant but we’re just not sure yet what we can do. Keeping the squad together will give us a head start but we will have to just wait and see what happens.”

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