Dolphins boss: We expect promotion

POOLE Town boss Tom Killick has piled the pressure on his players by sounding out a defiant message: “We expect promotion.”

The Dolphins, last season’s beaten play-off finalists, are the bookies’ odds-on favourites |to clinch the Southern League Division One South & West championship.

Killick’s charges are currently second, eight points behind fellow big-spenders Hungerford but with no fewer than six games in hand on the leaders.

And ahead of tonight’s Tatnam showdown with fourth-placed Swindon Supermarine (7.45pm), Killick has made no bones about Poole’s prime target for the season.

He told the Daily Echo: “People say you shouldn’t put players under pressure but I don’t really buy into that theory. We expect to be promoted so the players have to know that.

“There is no point trying to disguise it or dress it up. We are desperate to go up. I know it, the directors know it so the players need to know it as well. If that creates pressure, then you have to deal with it.

“It is important your expectations are high. If you start making noises the other way, I think it sends the wrong message to the players and they start thinking it isn’t the end of the world if they lose games and drop points.

“It surprises me when I see other clubs almost giving themselves a get-out by saying they are not particularly interested in doing anything this year and will try to do something next year. In my opinion, that lets players off the hook and the mentality is that winning isn’t the be-all and end-all.

“I would rather have it the other way so the players know that, when we drop a point, it is an unmitigating disaster. I know that puts pressure on them but that is the environment we are in.”

Killick was among the crowd to see Hungerford edge a 1-0 victory over Swindon Supermarine earlier this month and said the Wiltshire outfit had impressed.

“After about five minutes, I thought Hungerford would be a bigger threat but, after watching the game in its entirety, Swindon were a very good team,” said Killick.

“At first glance, they looked quite young and lightweight. But they were a good footballing side with some really good players. Although they weren’t as strong physically as some teams in the division, as a footballing side, you could see why they have been doing as well as they have.”

Marine recently won 10 league games on the bounce but arrive at Tatnam on the back of a three-match winless run. Poole, meanwhile, have taken 24 from a possible 27 points in their past nine games.

Dolphins: (from) Hutchings, K Emmerson, Walker, Spetch, Clarke, Preston, Devlin, Howes, Burbidge, Charles, Byerley, Kelly, Brooks, Baggridge, Richardson, Dibba, Baines, S Brown, T Brown.

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12:58pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Ste-V-e says...

When PTFC go up this season.. any news on the new ground?
When PTFC go up this season.. any news on the new ground? Ste-V-e

5:57pm Tue 29 Jan 13

cheeriedriteup says...

Ste-V-e wrote:
When PTFC go up this season.. any news on the new ground?
There wont be a ground, planning permission has been passed for industrial units, i guess there is more revenue for units than there will be for a second rate football team.
[quote][p][bold]Ste-V-e[/bold] wrote: When PTFC go up this season.. any news on the new ground?[/p][/quote]There wont be a ground, planning permission has been passed for industrial units, i guess there is more revenue for units than there will be for a second rate football team. cheeriedriteup

2:20pm Wed 30 Jan 13

strange micks says...

Does anyone know where all the money to fund Poole's extravagant spending on their squad has come from?
Are they dipping into money they received for Charlie Austen? Surely lots of cash will be needed to get Tatnam up to Premier Division standard by the end of next March if they go up?
Does anyone know where all the money to fund Poole's extravagant spending on their squad has come from? Are they dipping into money they received for Charlie Austen? Surely lots of cash will be needed to get Tatnam up to Premier Division standard by the end of next March if they go up? strange micks

4:37pm Wed 30 Jan 13

jolliffe says...

Stand to be corrected but i believe the ground is approved for the next level..
and there are lots of Poole fans(yes,
worlwide!!) who are supporting the
"Town" in their efforts to climb the NL
ladder
Stand to be corrected but i believe the ground is approved for the next level.. and there are lots of Poole fans(yes, worlwide!!) who are supporting the "Town" in their efforts to climb the NL ladder jolliffe

10:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

Poole SFC says...

strange micks wrote:
Does anyone know where all the money to fund Poole's extravagant spending on their squad has come from? Are they dipping into money they received for Charlie Austen? Surely lots of cash will be needed to get Tatnam up to Premier Division standard by the end of next March if they go up?
I have often wandered the same thing, they are constantly signing players. How can they afford to have players on loan from football league clubs? The chap they have on loan from Dorchester wont be playing for love!!

I guess Jacobs & Reeves solictors, where the chairman and manager work will be increasing their hourly rates!!!

I do hope it doesnt all go belly up ala Weymouth in the quest for the holy grail!!!
[quote][p][bold]strange micks[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know where all the money to fund Poole's extravagant spending on their squad has come from? Are they dipping into money they received for Charlie Austen? Surely lots of cash will be needed to get Tatnam up to Premier Division standard by the end of next March if they go up?[/p][/quote]I have often wandered the same thing, they are constantly signing players. How can they afford to have players on loan from football league clubs? The chap they have on loan from Dorchester wont be playing for love!! I guess Jacobs & Reeves solictors, where the chairman and manager work will be increasing their hourly rates!!! I do hope it doesnt all go belly up ala Weymouth in the quest for the holy grail!!! Poole SFC

11:36pm Thu 31 Jan 13

strange micks says...

jolliffe wrote:
Stand to be corrected but i believe the ground is approved for the next level..
and there are lots of Poole fans(yes,
worlwide!!) who are supporting the
"Town" in their efforts to climb the NL
ladder
OK I didn't realise Tatnam had been passed for the Premier Division. I thought Poole had until the end of their first season to get the grading.
If you're right that takes some pressure off them.
[quote][p][bold]jolliffe[/bold] wrote: Stand to be corrected but i believe the ground is approved for the next level.. and there are lots of Poole fans(yes, worlwide!!) who are supporting the "Town" in their efforts to climb the NL ladder[/p][/quote]OK I didn't realise Tatnam had been passed for the Premier Division. I thought Poole had until the end of their first season to get the grading. If you're right that takes some pressure off them. strange micks

7:32pm Sat 2 Feb 13

secretdolphin says...

The ground at Tatnam Farm would need some work to reach Grade C but this would not be much compared to the last two seasons. Work would need to be completed by the end of March 2014 if promoted this season.

The Artificial training and communith pitch and other facilities are already comlete af Bearwood. Owing to the the location, the whole project is expensive and the Board have rightly decided not to start the main stadium build until all the finances are in place.

The expensive signing from Dorchester was not a new signing at all. Warren Byerley was dual registered with Poole and Dorchester but was not getting a game at Dorchester, So he signed a contract with Poole that means he is now our player. The only difference now is that he was payed per game whereas he was payed on a game by game.

As for the Board and the finances, thus board have been in charge for slmost two decades and have overseen the Club's rise from the Dorset Premier League to Southern League Div 1. After all this time, I don't think that they would risk s their hard work for one quick promotion.
The ground at Tatnam Farm would need some work to reach Grade C but this would not be much compared to the last two seasons. Work would need to be completed by the end of March 2014 if promoted this season. The Artificial training and communith pitch and other facilities are already comlete af Bearwood. Owing to the the location, the whole project is expensive and the Board have rightly decided not to start the main stadium build until all the finances are in place. The expensive signing from Dorchester was not a new signing at all. Warren Byerley was dual registered with Poole and Dorchester but was not getting a game at Dorchester, So he signed a contract with Poole that means he is now our player. The only difference now is that he was payed per game whereas he was payed on a game by game. As for the Board and the finances, thus board have been in charge for slmost two decades and have overseen the Club's rise from the Dorset Premier League to Southern League Div 1. After all this time, I don't think that they would risk s their hard work for one quick promotion. secretdolphin

9:49am Tue 5 Feb 13

suzigirl says...

Poole SFC wrote:
strange micks wrote: Does anyone know where all the money to fund Poole's extravagant spending on their squad has come from? Are they dipping into money they received for Charlie Austen? Surely lots of cash will be needed to get Tatnam up to Premier Division standard by the end of next March if they go up?
I have often wandered the same thing, they are constantly signing players. How can they afford to have players on loan from football league clubs? The chap they have on loan from Dorchester wont be playing for love!! I guess Jacobs & Reeves solictors, where the chairman and manager work will be increasing their hourly rates!!! I do hope it doesnt all go belly up ala Weymouth in the quest for the holy grail!!!
Well Jell!
[quote][p][bold]Poole SFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]strange micks[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know where all the money to fund Poole's extravagant spending on their squad has come from? Are they dipping into money they received for Charlie Austen? Surely lots of cash will be needed to get Tatnam up to Premier Division standard by the end of next March if they go up?[/p][/quote]I have often wandered the same thing, they are constantly signing players. How can they afford to have players on loan from football league clubs? The chap they have on loan from Dorchester wont be playing for love!! I guess Jacobs & Reeves solictors, where the chairman and manager work will be increasing their hourly rates!!! I do hope it doesnt all go belly up ala Weymouth in the quest for the holy grail!!![/p][/quote]Well Jell! suzigirl

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