Lancaster boss: Bring on next season

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Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is already relishing the increased expectation that will be on his side next season.

The Dolly Blues missed out on the Evo-Stik First Division North play-offs on goal difference despite a 1-0 victory over champions Curzon Ashton at Giant Axe on Saturday.

Little was expected of City this season with Peacock in his first managerial role after a difficult year for the club last time around.

But the former Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers defender knows his side will be amongst the ones to watch next season and is itching to get going.

He said: “We all take the pressure on our shoulders, myself, the staff and the players.

“They’ve got to realise mid-table isn’t good enough, or sixth or seventh, we’ve got the ability to be pushing for promotion.

“And that comes down to attitude, your mental strength. It’s not just what you do on the pitch it’s preparation and recovery, so they’re the little things that we’re trying to bring into the players.

“The players who’ve been at the professional clubs know about that but we need to prepare the young lads.

“They’ve had a long, hard slog this season but the winning takes all the pain and the hurt away.”

Peacock isn’t planning major changes over the summer and after watching the play-offs and working on his coaching badges is hoping to bring in some fresh faces to complement a largely young and local squad.

He said: “There won’t be any major changes but we do need some fresh faces to push the lads on.

“That’s our job, and it’s our job to get the players in to create competition in certain positions.”

Not only has it been the former Premier League central defender’s first year as a manager but the Dolly Blues head coach has also experienced Northern Premier League football for the first time.

He admits it has as times been an eye opener with player movement far more fluid than in his days playing at the top level.

Peacock said: “Sometimes it’s been a bit of a shock to the system with some of the things that have gone on.

“Some of the players don’t know any better. They coast along season after season.

“I’m not saying they’ve got a bad attitude, most of them have got a fantastic attitude and I’m pleased with them.

“We’re just trying to put little touches in that will make the difference.

“I’ve loved it here, it’s been great and next season can’t come soon enough.”