Southall FC-Max Howell

Max has been Head Coach at Southall for the past 18 months. Since then he has seen Southall’s stock rise, finishing 4th last season and this season are doing well again. I spoke to Max about the season so far.

Southall is doing well this year, 7 points behind the leaders at the time of writing, do you think you can close this gap before the end of the season?


Having beaten 2 of the 3 teams above us once already this season and still needing to play everyone around us at least once.. Obviously that’s the aim, but we’ll take it game by game and see where we are come the end of the season. 


Aaron McLeish is your top scorer this season, how many more do you think he can score this season?


Aaron’s been brilliant since his 5 week ‘holiday’, he’s come back in and has worked hard on his all round game proving that at 32 you can still learn and improve.. He’ll always get chances and score goals, but it’s not something we talk about or set targets, if you’re winning games/doing well someone is scoring the goals, we don’t mind who.

 
What are your ambitions for the club?
Ambitions for the club are to keep building on what we all started 18 months ago, both on and off the pitch we have to keep moving forward.. 


Who has been the hardest game of the season so far?

We’ve had a lot of tough games this season, for different reasons, I can’t single one team out, I think the quality in the league this year has improved, taking Chertsey out from last season who obviously cleaned up with the vase and got promoted, it’s more open this year so more teams are having a go. 

What opposition player has impressed you so far this season?


As I said the quality overall in the league has improved this year team wise, so obviously there’s better players, to be honest I wouldn’t single out any individual player as I’ll probably have their chairman on the phone!! But there’s a few I like and get on well with. 


What new challenges have you experienced as a coach this season?


I’d say expectation, Last season was my first as a manager, newly promoted into a higher league with half a squad, I don’t think there was any expectation from anyone, certainly outside of the club.. After finishing 4th in our first season at this level we’re no longer a surprise or being taken lightly, teams approach us differently to maybe what they did last year so we’ve had to adapt to that. 


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