Tuffley Rovers Reserves manager Michael Palmer has praised a change in the club’s philosophy as we caught up with the former Cheltenham Town coach about life at his new club.
Palmer joined a new look coaching set up for Rovers in June 2019 and has had a major role in bridging the gap between the sides, in particular widening the pathway from the U18s side into mens football through the Reserves and ultimately into the First Team.
Back in June Palmer talked to us about his aims and targets in his new role, in which he said,
“I want to offer something different to Tuffley Rovers, creating a squad that will be full of energy, playing an exciting brand of football. If I can offer a different style of coaching that will not only develop the group of players I’ll start working with, but help build better relationships with those coming through our youth section.”
And Palmer believes that you can already see the effect the change in philosophy is having, even at this early stage.
“Assessing the start of the season is difficult. In the very beginning it was about getting a new philosophy across to the players, some who had been at the club for a number of years and some just joining.
We also wanted to create a bond between all players and coaches and making sure everyone bought into a new style of play and also a standard of improvement. This happened a lot quicker than anticipated.
Across all aspects of the team, progression was quick. For those who it didn’t suit, moved on to find something that worked for them and those that continued kept progressing,” Palmer added.
Already in his short stint involved with the club there has been a lot of change to the Reserves set up. With Dan Gillespie and Andrew Moody departing for Gala Wilton and a number of player departures, Palmer has looked to implement his own style and philosophy.
“The more we have progressed, more players have arrived and with only 4 months in we have already created a positive buzz inside an outside the club,” Palmer said.
“Part of my coaching style and my coaching team is that we don’t really tend to work around other teams as we are new and we fully focus on our own philosophy.
The ethos of the club is that the managers are in open conversation and regularly discuss the continuing development of the players, so the players are playing in the right team and at the right time.”
What Tuffley has benefitted from by having the likes of Palmer involved with the Reserves and U18s side and the scouting of Sam Hill and Jamie Hyett over the summer, is a number of young and hungry players who have turned out for Tuffley’s First Team and Reserve side near enough week in, week out.
One player in particular who has shown the benefit of the club’s new philosophy is forward Niall Priday. Priday has been the focal point of Rovers’ U18s side and has now played regularly for the Reserves and now the First Team.
But Palmer has praised the players themselves for buying into the new mentality of the club and believes that they will ultimately decide whether they become success stories.
“With our style of play as a club and our competitive nature, as well as taking care of the development of our players, the players will ultimately determine their own success.
They are a young group full of energy, enthusiasm and dedicated to learn so from a personal point of view they aren’t just talented footballers, but a great bunch of lads,” said Palmer.
Our featured game this weekend sees us watch Palmer’s Tuffley Rovers Reserves side against the newly formed Fairford Town Reserves in the GFA Senior Amateur Cup (North) on Saturday 19th October. Kick off at Glevum Park is 14:30