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Exclusive interview with Craig Mcallister

5 months ago By Josh Miller

New Gosport Borough manager Craig Mcallister speaks about his new managerial role, last season and the future.

Q: Craig, congratulations on your new role at Gosport Borough as player-manager, what were your initial thoughts when the job come about and when you were appointed?
A: When asked to come back to the football club as player/manager it was no brainer for me. I was delighted to be asked and had to grab this opportunity with both hands. It came about quite quickly it fact only three weeks ago.

Q: You took on the role with Matt Tubbs as player-coach. Having played together at Eastleigh and the relationship you have with Matt, was the job tailored made for you both getting into management and being able to work with people you have worked so closely with before?
A: Having played with Matt at Crawley and Eastleigh I knew he’d be perfect for the role and bring great experience with him. And he also shows great professionalism so his appointment will be perfect for me. This opportunity for both of us to start are managerial career at this club is huge and both truly appreciate the chance we've been given.

Q:Having played at such a high level in your career including a start at Old Trafford, do you feel your knowledge playing at the level you have could potentially rub off on the players and give them valuable expertise?
A: I like to think that playing at higher level will help us rub off on the lads but doesn’t just mean we’ll win games and turn things around. We will work hard to pass on experiences we've both had but it’s down to the players if they want to succeed at this football club.

Q: We play both Havant & Waterlooville and Eastleigh at Privett Park so what is perception on your team in the first two games. Especially as they are both difficult opponents from the National league?
A: Two very tough games in a short period of time but great test for us and they won’t be easy. Two quality sides that will do well in the National League. It give me a chance to look at some players and try a few formations. We will learn a lot from the games as a team and individuals.

Q:The transition coming off the holiday period to coming back into hard work ahead of the season must be gruelling getting back to fitness. What has the preparations been like at the Boro' since coming back?
A: It’s always difficult coming back into pre season for any player. They say it’s the worst time of year. We will slowly get the lads back into things as we have six weeks till the season starts but as the weeks go by it will get harder. The players need to be fit and ready for us to have any chance of succeeding.

Q:There are four home matches and two away games before the season opener, with a game coming up against League One outfit Portsmouth so what are the objectives going into these games?
A: The main objectives of these games is to the players fit and sharp for the start of season. Some tough games against some good sides. I’ll be looking at players and formations so results aren’t the most important thing at this stage. That said I’m a winner so I would like to see some wins.

Q:As someone that was involved in last season, can you explain what it was like as a playing for Gosport Borough in those difficult times?
A: Playing at the back of last season was a nervy time as so much was on us to stay up. But the players dug deep and saved the club from relegation. And the fans played a big part in this as well with there great support at home and away.

Q: You have expressed your aspirations of achieving the play-offs. What are the main ingredients in making sure you finish in those positions and do you feel you may need anymore additions to the squad?
A: As a club we will be fighting as hard as we can do get near the playoffs. I set my standard high and won’t change them. Hard work on the training ground is key to this and we have to work hard in games.

Q: A massive positive coming out last season was the core group of fans that came home and away and showed massive amounts of support. What does the fans mean to you and the players?
A: The support of the fans truly pushed the lads on to stay up last season. Without that support I’m not to sure what would have happened. Seeing all those fans turn up inspired the players to go out and do well, not only for themselves but for the fans. Their support is key to this football club and hope there support continues as well as it has in the past

Q:Have you got any messages for the fans?
A: My message to the fans is let’s be realistic together. We are turning the club around and trying to improve things all the time. I assure the fans, myself and my staff will be doing are most to get it right come the start of the season. Please stick by us as I am sure you will. We are all in this together and will succeed together.

From everyone at the club we hope Craig, Matt and the players have a great and successful rest of pre-season and Evo-Stik Southern Premier League Season!

interview by Sam Gale

Updated 13:37 - 7 Jul 2018 by Site Manager

Where next?

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Sat 22 Dec
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First team Kings Langley
League 15:00
Wed 26 Dec
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First team Basingstoke Town
League 15:00
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First team Hartley Wintney
League 15:00