December 5 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Grounds
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou says the club need an investor after a sixth successive victory left the side with realistic hopes of a promotion push this season.
Haringey made light work of Sporting Bengal United in the Essex Senior League on Saturday, with goals from Stephen Obeng, Dewayne Clarke and Anthony McDonald resulting in a 3-0 win at Coles Park.
Loizou believes Borough have realistic chances of a title challenge this season – and they are also through to the second round proper in the FA Vase - but his primary aim is to improve the infrastructure and facilities at their home ground.
“Promotion is a possibility, but the bigger goal is for an artificial turf facility to be installed at the club that can be used for match days, training, ladies football and youth development in the whole area,” said Loizou.
“All of the players in the first team are local boys. I want a community team, and facilities that can make the whole community proud. Having an Astroturf pitch will benefit not only us, but the wider community.”
Loizou has already overseen many positive changes to the club during his three years in charge.
“A lot has changed in a short space of time,” he said. “We now have dressing rooms underneath the stand, a hardstanding car park and new floodlights.
“We’ve got a good off-the-field team - three coaches as well as me. We have training facilities for the first time in two years and we’ve utilised what we’ve got.
“We need an investor from down the road to come in and help us out now. We are a self-sufficient football club and I’m the only permanent member of staff here, so I’m responsible for everything from the training to the ground maintenance.”
On the field, Borough have been boosted by the additions of summer signings Christopher Benjamin (from Sutton), Daniel Gudgeon (Cheshunt) and Lemarl Brown (formerly of Watford).
However, it is one of last season’s additions, McDonald, who has really caught the eye - and he took his tally to 17 goals in 20 games in all competitions on Saturday.
Borough’s success may depend on their ability to keep hold of the 22-year-old, and Loizou admitted: “There’s been interest from a few clubs but there’s been no official offer yet.
“Whatever his goal tally is, you can double that for assists. He’s a team player and a great lad off the pitch. I tried to sign him for three years before I did, and I have high hopes for his career.”
Loizou is also full of praise for the manner in which his side have withstood the challenges that they have faced during their current purple patch.
“We beat one of the top sides a couple of weeks ago with 10 players in the end,” said the manager. “We have a lot of firemen in the side, so we’ve had to juggle with shift patterns. In the last five games I’ve had to play the same team - it’s all about keeping players fit.”