Did new style of football contribute to Wilson and Greenwood’s downfall?

Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood kidderminster
Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood kidderminster

For those who have followed Garry Wilson’s side over the seasons know he has a particular way of doing things.

Wilson’s sides were always hardworking, organised and everybody seemed to know their role in the team.

The year they gained promotion from the Blue Square South in 2008 they were a well-drilled out-fit that played a rigid 4-4-2 formation and the full backs of Ben Austin and Neil Jenkins would regularly bomb forward and offer support where possible.

Players had their set roles, mistakes were kept to a minimum and they would grind teams down with superior work rate, organisation and a direct style of play.

This year, following three tough seasons in the Blue Square Premier, the Borough management were set three targets.

Firstly they must finish the campaign in the top 10.

Secondly they must remain in budget and third the committee expressed a desire to see more attractive football at Priory Lane.

Despite being out of the top ten and six points from the relegation zone the manager firmly believed that given more time his squad would have hit that top ten target.

Secondly Wilson was operating within the set budget and said he was happy to stay despite plans to reduce it further.

What proved more problematic however, was delivering a fresh style of play to please the committee and the crowds but also produce the right results.

He said, “We did try to change the style of play and on some occasions this season we have been caught out because of that.

“We purposely went out and signed players that are perhaps more comfortable on the ball. But some of these lads are young players and we lacked the consistency you need.

“But I always had faith in this group and whoever comes in has a great bunch to work with.

“There are some great young players like Ollie Rowe, Stevie Brinkhurst, Simon Johnson, Ross Treleaven, Ethan Strevett and Sam Cole.

“They are all young and gaining experience and my real hope is that they go on and fulfil their potential.”

Wilson was determined to see the job through this season and is bitterly disappointed his reign ended with a 4-1 home defeat.

“I wanted to end on a positive.

“I wanted to see the season out and then I might have called it a day. I did not want to walk away because I still felt the targets set were achievable.

“But this happens in football and we know that results were not good enough lately.”

However after 13 years at the helm the manager will leave Priory Lane proud of his achievements.

“We could not have given anymore and I am not leaving feeling negative. We progressed through the leagues and had some fantastic times. We did not achieve our success on money. We worked to a budget and it was done through hard work. And that’s a fantastic achievement for the entire club.”

Greenwood added, “We have had some fantastic occasions and some great memories to look back on. I was talking them over with Darren Baker on Tuesday and one of the one that always stands out for me was after we beat Kidderminster Harriers.

“They were a full-time side and after the result Dan Brown came back into the dressing room and said, ‘those lads are gutted.

‘They worked and trained for five days to win today.

“We trained for two hours after work on a Thursday and still beat them.’

“That for me summed up some of the incredible things we achieved with this club.”