New FC boss vows to ‘excite fans’ by trying to play the Barca way

New Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
New Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge

NEW Aylesbury FC boss Craig Faulconbridge wants to excite fans with a ‘creative and attacking’ style of play, inspired by the mighty Barcelona and hopes to forge a good working relationship with former manager Steve Smith.

Faulconbridge, who had his pro career cut short by a serious injury sustained aged just 27, has also unveiled former Aylesbury United player Keith Walker as his right hand man.

And he also hopes to maintain the good relationship he enjoys with Smith, despite taking his job as manager when Smith moved into his new community development officer role last month.

Faulconbridge said: “Having worked with Steve last year I found him very trustworthy, reliable and honest ensuring what needs to be done gets done, he will be a valuable member of the team performing various duties as well as performing his highly important role as community development officer for the club.”

The new man in charge of the Moles also hopes his attacking outlook will breed confidence in his players.

“I play a very creative style that enables players to express themselves through their play.

“I will model the type and style to that coming out of Spain and more importantly La Masia, the Barcelona Academy.”

On new number two, Walker, he added: “I have only known him a short while, however on footballing terms we are on the same page.

“Keith is someone who has the same ethics, way of playing, thought process, determination and philosophy.

“We will work tirelessly to get it right and hate losing, although it might be worth on the odd occasion if we do lose to give us a wide berth.

“He has played at non-league level with Aylesbury United and Leighton Town and has vast amount of experience and local player knowledge that will be vital to our success this year.

“I am extremely delighted to have him on board.”

And Faulconbridge reserved a word for the club’s fans, who he hopes will back him and the players as they aim to build a winning mentality and strong team spirit.

“We hope the fans will get right behind the team and enable us to build a strong and competitive team for the coming season.”