News from the dugout
06 November 2013
Tommy Sampson on his role at Faversham Town- “I’m an advisor to the club committee. I’m nothing to do with the football side as such.”
Sampson on his relationship with Assistant Manager Clive Walker- “Me and Clive go back 30 years. I have more respect for Clive than you can imagine. He has been a great servant to Kent Football. He has all the t-shirts. He has been there, seen it and done it and done it at higher levels like the Conference.
“Clive isn’t an old codger by any stretch of the imagination. He is fit, his brain works and he works as a great foil for Ray. I can’t take training sessions any more but that’s Clive forte, he speaks to players and makes sure his point is getting across.”
Sampson on Manager Ray Turner- “I think he has done magnificently. He is a class act. When I was a manager, I believed in my players 100% and I can see Ray does exactly the same thing.
“I know what it’s like to be a manager, you have to have many caps. You have to be a doctor, a psychiatrist and a psychologist. You have to have all the tricks up your sleeve.
“I think the injury-crisis (During early October) was handled really well. Speaking with my manager’s hat on, while it’s a shame financially to get knocked out of cup competitions, it doesn’t do you any harm (in the league).”
Sampson on the current squad- “Ray (Turner) has been very, very lucky as a manager. He had a young team that he needed to mould and that’s what he has done over the last couple of years.”
Sampson on the youngsters coming into the first-team- “The club has had to dip into the youth system this season. But, I’m a champion of Liam Stone. I think he will be a great player along with Taiwo Mosaku. I think they will both play a part before the season finishes.
“However sometimes, it can be difficult (to get young players onto the pitch) because, most of the games we play, we need points. So, you cannot afford to risk players, who haven’t got a great deal of experience.”
Sampson on Guernsey defeat last weekend- “I thought we played well against Guernsey, though after we got level, I thought we shouldn’t have lost.
“The defeat against Guernsey did really hurt us because we are now going to have to win a few games to get back into the play-offs.”
Sampson on the Ryman South match against Folkestone Invicta - “We have Folkestone (This Saturday), which is a huge game for both clubs. It will be a very tight game.”
Sampson on reaching the Ryman South play-offs again- “I still feel the play-offs are well within our capabilities. If you look at the teams in top six, there is no Dulwich Hamlet, who I thought were magnificent last year and no Maidstone United.
“(But), we are in a position, where we need to win league games on a more regular basis.”
Sampson on 2012/13 play-off semi-final against Hythe Town- “The night I knew we were a real side, was when we beat Hythe, that’s still the benchmark for us I believe right now.”
Sampson on this season’s extra expectations and the fans- “People started to begin talking about us winning the league at the start of the season. They saw we were in the play-offs last season and assumed we would go one better this year. But, the fans have done really well to understand that probably won’t be the case and there is a great relationship between the players and the fans at this club.
“The match against Guernsey was a case in point. Even though they lost, the supporters applauded the players for six or seven minutes because they had played well and the players applauded back, which is what you want you want to see.”
Sampson on the future of the club- “I think this club is really going places and has a great future ahead.
“I think the club is in safe hands with Ray and Clive.”