Martin O'Connor: "We Need to Reset the Philosophy of the Club"

Interim Walsall manager Martin O'Connor has spoken ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Peterborough United, and admitted that, with a busy summer ahead, whoever takes the helm over the next few months has to have a clear philosophy in place.
With the club facing the prospect of at least one season in League Two there is also likely to be plenty of change in the squad as, along with a high number of soon-to-expire deals, the new boss is likely to want to put their stamp on the side, which could lead to a few of the more established players also departing for pastures new.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Martin said; "I think we need to reset the philosophy of the club. It is going to be a busy summer and I think the person who is sitting here next season should have a clear philosophy of where they see the club going.

"I think the club have got that idea but it’s who they can bring in to get that ball rolling. I think it is about recruitment, it is about getting confidence back into the team and it is about getting pride back into the town and the football club.

"It is going to be a major rebuild, let’s be fair about that, but I think it can happen. Unfortunately we find ourselves in a position where things haven’t been going right for a couple of seasons now."

With the Saddlers losing seven of their last eight league outings, O'Connor went on to admit that the team has failed to perform since the turn of the year - losing ten of thirteen outings - and the gaffer believes that poor spell has had a major impact on the confidence of his players, something which alos leads to a further drop in performance.

Skip added; "We have under performed since before Christmas. Looking back on results and performances and it has been an ongoing thing. We haven’t been able to address that thoroughly and professionally and stop the rot if you like.

"I think confidence is a big thing in football, it doesn’t matter what you do Monday to Friday, it’s all about what you do at 3pm on a Saturday. You want the players to step up and unfortunately we have seen performance levels that aren’t good enough to win football matches."
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