Heggs delivers a reality check
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn's new boss Carl Heggs last night warned the club's big spending recent era is over.Heggs admits the Linnets can no longer afford to pay huge sums for high profile players as he begins his Unibond Premier Division squad makeover.
King's Lynn's new boss Carl Heggs last night warned the club's big spending recent era is over.
Heggs admits the Linnets can no longer afford to pay huge sums for high profile players as he begins his Unibond Premier Division squad makeover.
The rookie boss is currently in talks with a Conference North hitman but Heggs' close season revolution will not mirror last season's headline-grabbing captures of the likes of ex-Premiership star Julian Joachim.
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“I will hopefully try to bring in six or seven by the end of this week and then look to maybe nick a few more over these coming weeks,” he said.
“We want to try and get a first team squad of 14 players that are all good enough to play and then use youth team players out of the reserves that are good enough to be rotated. The best ones will join the first team and by doing that we can build up to 16, 17, 18 players.
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“We're not going to attract a real high quality for �1,000 per week because those days are gone at King's Lynn. We've got no pre-season friendlies lined up and no players. Some managers may look at that and be worried but it's a challenge. I'm extremely passionate and enthusiastic about what I do and I'm absolutely buzzing.”
Heggs is ready to fast track the club's best young talent, with teenage hitman Dominic Dwyer one of the few players named on the club's retained summer list alongside midfielder Andy Johnson.
“I have to identify players that I want to bring in,” he said, “I need to trust them and they have to be exciting to watch. Everybody at the club will get an opportunity. I want to build a young, energetic, pacy, passionate side with a hint of senior players who will make everybody proud to come to King's Lynn and watch the side.
“I want to send people away thinking, 'you know what, those players are trying like mad for this football club.'
“If you look at what some of the players here last season were earning there is no way we could compete with that kind of money. I wouldn't say no, we will not bring those players back, but square pegs don't go in round holes.”
Heggs also wants a Midlands training base for his new look first team pool - a move that places major question marks over the futures of the club's locally-based players.
“I understand totally that the fans might be worried,” he said. “They are really important to me and we will try to get to King's Lynn to train as many times as we can. Because of the budget that we are paying, some players will be on �75 or �100, some a bit more, and for them to travel all the way to King's Lynn is not only an expense but also time consuming.
“Ideally the thing we want to do is find a Midlands base that is within 45 minutes of my signings and look to go there as often as we can. I can assure you, though, King's Lynn and the town is still so important because the players must understand the expectations of representing a club like this.”
Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins has backed Heggs' plan to re-locate training next season.
“Carl in his own mind has already worked out the logistics of having the first team train in the Midlands,” said Bobbins. “It should allow him to get players for less than if they have to travel to King's Lynn.
“It will, of course, mean any players in the King's Lynn or Norwich area will have to travel but we have to do what we feel is right for the club moving forward. This is by far the best solution.”
Bobbins also confirmed Heggs is keen to recruit an assistant, with Mark Peters and Johnson both in the frame.
“Carl does have someone in mind he wants to speak to as a possible player / assistant manager,” said Bobbins.