HIGHLIGHTS: New era for Weston-super-Mare FC begins under Scott Bartlett in Ebbsfleet United match
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:48 12 October 2016
New Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett has put down the marker to the Weston players by making changes to their routine as he enters his second week in the job.
In an exclusive interview with the Mercury before Saturday’s match, the new boss said his players will experience a ‘professional’ environment going forward.
He said: “I have been able to make some tiny little changes which I think long-term will make a really big difference.
“I want the boys to eat together after training. I have to be mindful that some of them have been on a building site before training. I was a part-time player for a number of years and I know there are times when re-fuelling is the least of your worries.
“If we can do that after training it also adds a team spirit.
“There is one already but I want that to continue. If we can get that going then it is definitely a positive.
“It also makes sense on a Saturday because of the traffic getting in and out of Weston. It just means by 11.30am everyone is here and anyone who needs a massage before the game, then it is not a problem.”
There are already signs of improvement for the Seagulls under the new regime but they came up against an in-form Ebbsfleet side, whose finishing was far superior to their struggling opponents and they were defeated 2-0 on Saturday.
Bartlett was pleased with his side’s performance but was clear there is work to do.
But he is feeling positive for the future and said: “It has been a really productive week’s training. I think I have had a really good reaction, in fairness. They look at first sight to be a really good group – they are a close group which is good.
“I hope it makes it more professional and the preparation is key. I have told the boys they will be better prepared than anyone else within our constraints.
“For me, I think they know already it is going to be a professional environment here and if I was a player I would be relishing it.”
Weston travel to East Thurrock United in their next match, hoping to finally get back to winning ways after nine league defeats in a row.
Kick-off is at 3pm.