Slough Town boss Neil Baker has said he’ll never take the club’s fans for granted again and hopes to improve his relationship with them over the coming season as life returns to normal.
Baker admitted that he felt he and joint manager Jon Underwood lost their edge as managers without the Rebels’ support behind them last season.
But, with a date now finally in the diary for the easing of all restrictions and the vaccine programme starting to show its worth, Baker is looking forward to time when we can move on from COVID-19.
“The vaccine has made a big difference and hopefully we can now proceed with life, and for me that includes football,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to it and not really thinking about COVID.
“Getting the fans back in will make such a difference. We got a taste of it last week with the u23s final, and one thing it’s taught me is not to take people for granted. I want to have more conversations with fans and to stay later in the bar and talk to them because we’ve missed them. They’ve been part of our lives for the past eight years so it’s going to be nice to resume those relationships and hopefully improve on them.”
He added: “It’s been awful. Last season wasn’t enjoyable and me and Jon never believed last season would finish, and that comes across to the players.
“I don’t think our edge was there as managers or a team without having the fans there.
“It’s not an excuse but the way we play they’re a big part for us. We’re looking forward now and want to put all of that behind us.”
Slough Town have also announced they’re to take on Farnham Royal in a game of cricket on Sunday, June 27.
The game will be played at Farnham Royal Cricket Club, Church Road, Farnham Royal, SL2 3AW.