Staines Town were formed in 1892 and currently play in the Isthmiam League Division 1 south for the 2020-21 season. The club has played between Step 2 and 5 in their history. We spoke to the manager Paul Barnes who is wanting to make the swans rise again.
What is your coaching history?
19 years coaching experience, working at Chelsea & Millwall respectively, then at Welling United, Margate, Ashford United & Greenwich Borough in non league.
Director of Football & Coaching at Westminster School.
How long have you been in charge
Since February 2020.
Who do you think will be strong in the league?
Bracknell, Ware, Barking, Tooting & Mitcham & Hanwell.
Do you think the FA were right to void all leagues below Step 2?
I think it should have been a consistent resolution across all levels of league and non-league football.
I can see the pros and cons for either decision.
How will non leagues have changed due to COVID-19?
The extra work and resources it will cause for clubs when operating, could see a number go out of business. Also the exclusion of fans does not even bear considering.
What positions are you looking to bolster this summer?
The whole squad! We will be looking for a specific profile of player to suit our ideas.
What type of football do you like your side to play?
What opposition are you looking forward/ looking to avoid this season?
Looking forward to facing every team in the league, as for me it’s a new region and many clubs / managers I have never tested myself against previously.
None, I would like to think I will always prepare my team so we are confident of beating whoever we are facing on a match day.
What club do you support
I am a Chelsea supporter, growing up in SW London you don’t have any choice.
Best moment in management
Avoiding relegation with Welling United when assisting Loui Fazakerley in the Conference Premier.
How has your coaching adapted over time?
I feel it’s always ever changing and progressing to match the players needs. Constantly learning and educating myself to refine my craft.
What manager/coach do you admire the most?
Too many to mention, there are aspects of different managers / coaches I take elements from, not just within Football, other sports too.
The clubs plans for the next 3-5 years
As a manager, I am not sure anyone is looking that far ahead, especially with how the industry is, 3-6 months is a long time in this game…
I am focusing on getting the club back to being competitive and creating a professional environment that players want to be a part of.
Who do you think will win the league this year?
Bracknell. I tipped them last year too.