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Slatts tells The Gazette he sees big potential….

Slatts tells The Gazette he sees big potential….

Article by Mark Tuxford as published in  Gazette

NEW Stanway Rovers boss Danny Slatter says he will do everything he can on and off the pitch to put the club back on the local map.

Slatter has the club’s best interests at heart and was recently given the opportunity to steady the ship in the last few games of the season after the sudden departure of the experienced Terry Spillane.

Slatter impressed Rovers chairman Dave Jones enough to then be confirmed as the new manager at The Hawthorns on a permanent basis.

As you would expect, the former Chelsea youth-team product is raring to go in his first managerial role.

“I’m a local lad and I love the club, so it was a no-brainer for me to say yes,” he said.

The club’s need to reconnect with the community, local media and its fans are at the heart of Slatter’s long-term plans for Stanway.

“I’m not here just to manage the team,” he said.

“I want to take the club forward on so many levels, which I love doing because I believe the club has good potential and it’s important to me that we’re all on the same page.

“But I also know that I’m not safe in the job.

“We have to win games to do that.

“Football is a results business at the end of the day.

“If you’re not winning games then you have to change personnel and players.

“I’m surrounded by good people at the club from the chairman and director of football Angelo (Harrop) to the groundsman and those behind the scenes and I’m really grateful for their support.”

Slatter is a popular character around the club, where he made a name for himself for his larger than life persona.

He would often be seen regularly barking out orders to his fellow teammates in his role as a combative, midfield enforcer, captaining the team for several years before moving into the coaching side of the game under his predecessors Harrop and Spillane respectively.

“Obviously I was working with Terry last season as his assistant where I learnt a great deal, as I did under Angelo and Al Drennan a few years back,” he said.

“I think that period in my career will stand me in good stead for what’s to come.”

Slatter has come full circle in his career, starting his footballing obsession training as a schoolboy with the club he now manages.

But there’s been plenty of ups and downs along the way during his eventful playing days, including a spell spent at Chelsea.

“I was at Colchester United as a schoolboy, as well as being part of the FA National School,” he said.

“It was through that I went on trial to Chelsea and ended up signing for them and becoming a professional on my 17th birthday.

“I made the bench three times, once at home to Manchester City, Sunderland away and in the European Cup against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv.

“The atmosphere and experience of it all was second to none.

“But for whatever reason, I never got the opportunity to get onto the pitch.

“They say you need to have that little bit of luck in football.

“I felt I needed ten or 15 minutes to show what I could do but that never came.

“Unfortunately, they didn’t renew my contract when it came up for renewal but the whole experience of it all and playing with world-class players, nobody can take that away from me.”

Slatter then went on trials with Portsmouth, Dundee United and QPR, where he performed well and nearly signed terms.

In the end, decisions were made elsewhere that were out of his control.

“I then became disillusioned with football,” Slatted admitted.

“Having come so close to signing for a professional club and then having setback after setback, it really hit me in the end.”

After a break away from football, Slatter finally returned to the game he adores with spells at Chelmsford City, Welling United, Gravesend and Northfleet, Ebbsfleet Town and Farnborough before returning to his beloved Stanway.

During his time in the game, Slatter has worked with many managers that have their own management style, so what can we expect from Stanway’s main man in the hot-seat?

“I want my players to believe in the process and give it their all,” he said.

“I’m a big believer in man-management and that’s one thing I know I can bring to the role.

“I won’t be shouting at them in a negative way.

“Any criticism will be seen as a positive to achieve better for the football club and themselves.”

With Slatter’s drive and passion being fed through the club from top to bottom, it’s exciting times ahead at The Hawthorns.

“There is no reason why we can’t give it a really good go,” he said.

“I always gave my all as a player for the club and that will be no different as the manager of Stanway Rovers.”

Stanway Rovers – The Place to watch the European Cup Finals on 29 May and 1 June

With Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea all reaching the finals it promises to be a historic few days of European Cup Finals for our English teams.

Why not watch the finals at Stanway Rovers on the multiples screens in our members bar enjoying a friendly atmosphere and competitively priced well stocked bar whilst enjoying the company of Kevin, our resident charming Bar Manager.

Live from Baku Arsenal will kick off against Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League Final on Wednesday 29 May at 8pm.

On Saturday 1 June Liverpool will play Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League Final at 8pm.   Curry and Rice will be available on the night for you to enjoy.

 

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Newson busts the Net!

Following the end of the regular season, the first of our Net Busters competitions has now finished.

Congratulations to Rick Newson who claimed the whopping 200 pounds first prize.  A full list of prize winners is available in the Members Bar.

(Pictured above winner Rick Newson with club Vice Chairman and part time model Kevin Mather)

The club would like to sincerely thank all those who entered the competition in this important fund raising initiative.  The club would also link to thank Bob Ritchie who kindly administered the competition.

Stay tuned for further competitions during the 2019-2020 season with even bigger prize money!!

Race Night – Saturday 29 June

Join us on Saturday 29 June for a Race Night on the big screen in the Members Bar

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Doors open at 7pm with the first race due to go under Starters Orders at 8pm.

All the family are welcome.

Horses are now available for owners to purchase priced as just £5 if purchased before the night.

Please see Kevin or Dougal for further details.

Tina Turner Tribute – Friday 5 July

The next act in the series of Tribute Acts being held at The Hawthorns has been announced.

Much to the delight of Kevin, ‘Tina Turner’ will be gracing the Hawthorn Suite with her presence on Friday 5 July.

Tickets will be available for purchase behind the bar shortly priced at just £5 for members and £8 for non-members.  This includes a delicious buffet.

Stanway Rovers – It’s simply the best………

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Date for Reserves Team Trials Announced

As part of the growth and restructuring of the club, Stanway Rovers will once again be running a Reserve Team in 2019-20.

Trials will take place on Saturday 1 June at the Phillip Morant School.

This is a great chance for players who are interested in playing men’s football within a professional set up.

Please contact Luke Watts on 07983533886 or Liam Joyce on 07972754967 for more information

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Slatts The Man to lead the Rovers

Club legend Danny Slatter has been appointed as First Team Manager on a permanent basis and will lead Stanway Rovers into the 2019-2020 season.

Danny has previously served the club as Player, Coach and Assistant Manager and finished the last campaign as Caretaker Manager after the departure of Terry Spillane.  He is a well known popular figure at The Hawthorns

Slatts faces of a summer of rebuilding as he looks to shape a squad capable of challenging for honours in the Essex Senior League.

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(Pictured above the Revd Mather and Danny Slatter)

Tyler steals the show at the end of season awards

Tyler Kemp was the main winner at the End of Season Awards ceremony picking up both the coveted Players Player of the Year as well as the Managers Player of the Year trophies.

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The Supporters Player of the Year award went to Jet Hogan.

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Peter and Gill Cracknell jointly picked up the Clubman of the Year award for their outstanding work in many areas behind the scenes.

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