Search

Happy Hendon boss McCann eyes a 10-year testimonial in the new year

09:00 14 August 2014

Hendon boss Gary McCann. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

Hendon boss Gary McCann. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

Archant

Hendon manager Gary McCann says he is happy in the job and looking forward to his 10th season in charge.

Hendon's Leon Smith (right) scored on Saturday but missed a penalty  on Tuesday night. Pic: Andrew AleksiejczukHendon's Leon Smith (right) scored on Saturday but missed a penalty on Tuesday night. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

The Greens have made a mixed start to the season, with a 2-0 win on the opening day against Bury Town on Saturday being followed by a 2-0 defeat at Met Police on Tuesday.

But, over and above the rapid changes in fortunes on the pitch, the Dons boss is relishing the start of another campaign.

The Greens boss said at the end of last season that he would consider his future after having his playing budget cut by 40 per cent during the last campaign and missing out on the play-offs – but he is optimistic as he looks ahead.

McCann said: “It did get resolved. It was maybe an off-the-cuff remark which I made after a defeat when emotions are running high.

“I know the club do everything they possibly can. I think as managers we are always trying to squeeze a bit more but they have always done their best by me.”

The club is now running more than a dozen youth teams, based at what was Kingsbury Town’s old Silver Jubilee Park ground, which director Rob Morris part-owns, and is currently being refurbished and upgraded to include a new 3G playing surface.

The plans are for it to be the Greens’ regular training base and hopefully a regular home sometime in the future.

McCann said: “I will have been here for 10 years in Febuary and I’ve spoken briefly to the chairman about a testimonial.

“It has been an enjoyable 10 years – there have been some tough times but there is some light at the end of the tunnel with Kingsbury and Jubilee Park.”

A first-half double from Bradley Hudson-Odoi condemned Hendon to their first defeat of the season on Tuesday night.

Leon Smith had a penalty saved later in the first period and McCann was disappointed his side didn’t seize their opportunities.

He said: “We had enough chances to win the game, but things didn’t go for us. We didn’t take our chances at key moments in the game.

“The first goal was somewhat against the run of play but the second was a poor goal from our part defensively. But credit to the Police, they defended superbly and really put their bodies on the line.”

Despite the lack of goals on Tuesday night, McCann has faith that his forwards will deliver.

He said: “In the first half against Bury Town [on Saturday] we were as good as I could have wanted and we could have been four or five goals up at half-time.

“The two centre-forwards Leon Smith and Kezie Ibe scored. Kezie is someone I have tried to sign on a couple of occasions – he is proven at the level above and is a top lad with a great work ethic.

“We’ve also added Peter Dean from Wealdstone. He has been out injured for the last three weeks but when he comes back the front line will be very competitive.”

McCann intends to be challenging for the play-offs and promotion this season despite not having the sort of budget that makes that task easier to achieve.

He said: “Everyone is shouting about Margate because of their budget – it’s massive, which means they are able to cherry pick players from the Conference South and the Football League.

“Your only concern is that at this level a large budget does tend to bring success. Lowestoft Town spent big over a few years and won promotion last season.

“It will not be easy for Margate though because 23 other teams will be looking to knock them off their perch.”

n Hendon will travel to Wingate & Finchley in October after they were drawn against their north London rivals in the League Cup.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he has been disappointed to see other Premier League managers and players publicly backing Leicester City during the title race, stating he would like to see more professionalism and neutrality in future.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is proud of Tottenham’s passion and character and is pleased that his side are “not a nice team to play” any more – but he admits his players “crossed the line” against Chelsea and must learn to control themselves better in future.

Hampstead captain Steve Clark. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead are aiming to be the first team for five years to retain the Middlesex County League title – and captain Steve Clark believes a fierce competition for places can help his side to keep their crown.

Benham & Reeves' David Price (centre) presents this season's shirt to North Middlesex's captain Tom Nicoll (left) and new coach Dave Robson. Pic: Max Flego

Skipper Tom Nicoll has challenged North Middlesex’s top-order batsmen to give last season’s talisman Evan Flowers more support as the Crouch End club bid to maintain their progress in the Premier Division.

Yesterday, 12:01
Paul Weekes of Hornsey CC

Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel believes the appointment of Paul Weekes as captain is a huge boost to their promotion prospects.

Yesterday, 12:00
Tottenham's Erik Lamela (left) and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin battle for the ball during the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane in March

Tottenham blogger David Lee says it is important for Spurs to finish above north London arch-rivals Arsenal after their title dream was ended by Chelsea.

Yesterday, 11:00
Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (left) presents overseas signing Glenn Phillips with his shirt. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain Adam Wilson hopes Brondesbury can pick up where they left off last season and win promotion this time, having fallen short last campaign.

Yesterday, 10:01
Highgate celebrate after clinching promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three last season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate are readying themselves for new challenges after going through last season unbeaten as they cruised to the Division Three championship.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe