No pressure on new Blues boss Fildes

Paul Fildes (left) in action during his playing days at Nelson Football Club
Paul Fildes (left) in action during his playing days at Nelson Football Club

New Nelson FC boss Paul Fildes admits that chairman Fayyaz Ahmed and chief executive Adam Feizer haven’t put the pressure of expectation on his shoulders just yet, but the former Barnoldswick Town striker has set his own objectives.

The Admirals have lost by an identical scoreline in Fildes’s first two games in charge with 1874 Northwich winning 4-2 in the North West Counties Premier Division before Cammell Laird progressed in the MEN United Cup at Victoria Park.

However, Fildes’s confidence hasn’t been dented and the 34-year-old is eager to improve on last season’s 11th place finish and points tally of 55.

“There haven’t really been any objectives set for me this year,” he said. “There’s been a lot of changes so we just want to get the players enjoying their football and draw in the fans.

“There’s not really any pressure on me but I’ll set my own targets because I always want to do well. This is a fantastic opportunity for me.

“I don’t like losing so of course I have ambition. It would be nice to win the league but it’s tough because only one team goes up.

“It would be a great achievement for me and for this club. For now, though, we’re happy to go under the radar. My target this year is to finish higher than last season.”

He added: “It’s a completely different proposition to when I managed Barnoldswick Town. It’s the same job title but it’s obviously a different environment with different players and different people in the background.

“It’s going to be a rebuilding process but there’s no rush at the moment.”

Fildes accepts that conditions haven’t been conducive to gauging a realistic measurement of his side’s talent, but he’s been buoyed with what he’s seen so far.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play at Little Wembley at the weekend as Ryan Mason netted in the 43rd minute.

Adam Nuttall scored twice in three minutes early in the second half to give the hosts the advantage but a double from Jamie Henders and a sublime solo effort from Joe Holt saw the Merseysiders advance.

“I’m really enjoying it,” said Fildes, ahead of tomorrow’s fixture against Congleton Town at the Richborough Estates Stadium. “I’m gutted about the weather because it’s dampened the excitement a bit.

“We can’t get a run together and we’re waiting for that win. It’s a massive game for me because I want that first win and hopefully it’ll roll on from there.

“The lads I’ve brought in are great and they are the right people for the club. They are enthusiastic and they’re enjoying it.

“I can’t wait for the weather to be right so that we can play on a decent pitch and I can see what the lads can do. They’ve been brilliant in training on the 3G.”

And Fildes will continue to look to bolster his squad after adding Padiham stopper Sean Davis to the ranks.

“We’re a bit short defensively so I’ll be looking to strengthen that side of things,” he said. “I want the lads to play for their shirt but if there’s nobody there challenging they get comfortable. I want them to be on edge so they play to keep their shirt.”