Boss: “We’re all enthusiastic…”

Russ Penn on a positive approach to building for the new season…

Kidderminster Harriers manager Russ Penn [PA Images]

MANAGER Russ Penn has said players will need to buy into the club’s positive mentality ahead of the start of the new campaign.

Penn is currently readying himself for his first full season in the managerial hot-seat at Aggborough Stadium.

While it has been a close season unlike any other before it thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and all that has come with it, it’s clear that the gaffer’s mentality is unwavering.

Speaking in an interview on our YouTube channel, the 34-year-old spoke of the “healthy vibes” at all levels of the club.

Empowered by the club’s owners to build a squad to compete next season, Penn admitted there is an eagerness and enthusiasm to press ahead, from the Boardroom all the way down.

“We’ve had plenty of Zoom meetings!” he quipped.

“We’re all in new positions, new owners and new managers, and we’re all very enthusiastic, which can only be a good thing.

“It feels as though there are some healthy vibes around the place and we’ve got to jump on that bandwagon, because it’s what’s needed to push on.

“Because we’re all new to it… we’re all in the same boat and we have to use that enthusiasm to attract the players.

“we’re all very enthusiastic, which can only be a good thing.” Russ Penn

“Budgets have been cut all over the country in any line of work, and we are no different, but what we have got is a fantastic stadium with a fantastic pitch, with our fantastic training ground.

“It is run like a League club, and if players can dip into our mentality, then fantastic.”

Penn went on to accept that, no matter what support he’s given, it’ll still be down to him and the players to perform on the pitch once the new season does get given the green light.

“Don’t get me wrong, to go with that, we’ll need results,” he went on to say. “We’ve got to build a competitive squad that’s going to be up there all year round.

“There’s no hiding from the fact that that’s what I want – that’s what the fans want and we’ll push and do everything we can to be there.”

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