Saunders sure of Wrexham success

01 October 2009 04:52
As he reaches a testing year in charge at the Racecourse, Wrexham manager Dean Saunders is adamant that progress has been made under his stewardship.Pressure is building after a poor start to the season, but the former striker feels a good run is around the corner. "People feel we're trying to go in the right direction and we will do eventually," said Saunders. "We've not had a brilliant start. It's not a disastrous start and nothing a couple of wins won't put right." Saunders admitted he was taking a gamble by accepting Wrexham's offer to take the reigns following Brian Little's departure 12 months ago. The 45-year-old had spent the majority of his playing career and then coaching career at the highest level of the game - a far cry from the part-time status of the Blue Square Premier. But Saunders enjoyed the kind of start all rookie managers crave as he set a new club record by winning his first five league games in charge. The fine form continued as the Dragons lost just once in the next 11 games, and the prospect of closing the gap on runaway leaders Burton Albion seemed a genuine possibility. But then the wheels came off in spectacular style. They managed three wins from their final 18 league games and finished 10th in the table. The start of the new season brought fresh optimism as Saunders totally re-built his squad, with Wales internationals Gareth Taylor and Mark Jones joining the Racecourse revolution. But the desired results have not materialised and Wrexham find themselves 16th in the table - one place lower than they were when Saunders took over. "I knew what to expect," said Saunders of the task he faced. "Working at this level, obviously there are only so-many players you can get to come to this level and you can't break the bank for them. "You keep chasing and sniffing around for the players and I've managed to get some really good players here who wouldn't have come here normally. "The likes of Gareth Taylor, who was at Doncaster last year. I'm trying to sell the idea to them and what I'm trying to do at the club. "Obviously, everything is in place for us to go up the league and up the next league, and maybe up the next one. "So I feel like we've got a good group of players now; we've got a good squad, some of them in the future who'll be worth money to the club, I'm sure of that." Saunders has tempted big names like Frank Sinclair to join the club Saunders, who claims to have turned down three offers to join three League clubs this season, says he is proud of the "behind the scenes" work he's put in place to nurture a sense of "professionalism". But he accepts that performances on the pitch are the measure of any manager and that seven wins from his last 30 games is not acceptable. "I know, at the end of the day, no matter what I do at this club you've got to win games, we've got to get results," he said. "Luton have just sacked their manager because they think they should be top of the league, but it doesn't work like that. "It's not an easy league to get out of because it's very difficult to get consistency out of individuals and the team." Despite the disappointing results and the growing murmurs of discontent among the Racecourse faithful, Saunders' enthusiasm for the job and faith in his ability to succeed remain in tact. A little change of fortune, he says, and Wrexham could soon be on a run of results that will shoot them up the table. "After a few victories you get a bit of luck; the players come out of their shells, every pass seems easy, every chance seems easy, every cross seems easy and defending seems easy," he said. "That's what confidence does to you. It was only nine days ago we showed what we are capable of and we battered Luton. We've got to put that kind of performance in again. "If we show the same commitment and effort things will come right for us."

Source: BBC_Sport