Grimsby Town boss Marcus Bignot is looking forward to the challenge Accrington Stanley will bring on Boxing Day.
“Every game has its difficulties, every game has its opportunities, and for us it’s another opportunity to get a positive result and that’s how we’ll be looking at it.
“Accrington are a possession-based team and they want to play football but it’s really about us and picking up those results. We’ve got two big home games for me now.”
“We can really make inroads into those five points off play-offs with back-to-back home games so if we can come out of these two games with a really good points return it will put us in a real encouraging position into the New Year.”
The gaffer also said he expects ex-Town midfielder Scott Brown to be extra motivated for the game but insisted his side need to be focused on their own game.
He said: “I know what it’s like as a player when you go back to clubs you’ve played for, it gives you that extra bit of motivation or something to prove but it will be more about us.”
At his meeting with the board on Tuesday, Bignot was told the club would be able to bring Gary Whild in as the Head of Recruitment on a more permanent basis.
The manager said: “Gary’s time at Kidderminster, his turnover in terms of players identified and the recruitment and the turnover in transfer fees, I think it was in excess of one million pounds he brought into the football club so he’s got an eye for talent.
“And for us the key to success, both on and off the pitch, is having that structure and strategy to put in recruitment and really recruit well, and also develop with your academy and bridge that gap as well so we can produce our own, look after our own, and add one or two along the way.”
And he said he’s already made offers to other clubs regarding potential new signings.
“We’ve identified and the club have backed me with that and we’ve spoken to two clubs now, expressing our intentions and offers have gone in so I’m hopeful we can start negotiations and conversations.”
Bignot said the players he’s looking to bring in will bring another dimension to the squad.
“I’m looking for players different to what we’ve got in terms of what I believe we need and what’s missing.”
He said he wouldn’t identify his transfer targets out of respect for their clubs.
The gaffer also opened up about the new contract offer for top scorer Omar Bogle.
“Obviously I did a deal for him to come here, so he needs rewarding because from what he did last season for the football club to what he’s done now, he needs a new contract. That was as soon as I came in, and the club are keen for that to happen.
But he said the striker still has a lot of potential and can continue to improve at the club.
He said: “I know where he’s at and I know where he can get to so I’m pleased to say I’ve seen that improvement and I’ve seen that potential and I’m not saying it’s where it should be, because if you speak to Omar and you speak to myself, we always strive to be better.
“But he’s got to be happy at where he’s at right now, so am I, but we’re always pushing to be better.”
The manager also gave injury updates on Bogle, Dominic Vose, and Sean McAllister.
“Obviously having Omar (Bogle) and Dom (Vose) back, two creative players for us is always nice.
“Fingers crossed but last week we had Omar training and he had a reaction in the morning so we’ll see how he reacts tomorrow.”
The manager is excited to have Vose available and wants the attacking midfielder to showcase his talent when he is given the opportunity.
“Dom hasn’t been a miss because we’ve not really had him available if I’m being honest. I’m excited to have a Dom available and an opportunity to work with a Dom because he certainly has the ability and he’s different to what we’ve got and he’s probably needed but he has to deliver that now.
“Dom is one of those that I think if you speak to anybody in the game, that’s what he’s blessed with; an ability on the ball, but to become a success and a real professional footballer it’s not just about ability, there’s so many other things to go with that. “
And the gaffer believes Grimsby Town is the best club for Vose to make a name for himself and show his ability.
“I honestly think, Dom, if it’s not with this football club, if it’s not with this manager, him turning a corner and really producing out there with his talent then for me I don’t know where he will do it because he has been kind of a lost soul for now in terms of what he’s actually achieved in the game so he’s got a real good opportunity here now until the end of the season.
“And if he doesn’t grab it, doesn’t take it, doesn’t realise it, he could be one of those we spoke about and you go ‘what a waste of talent’.
“I honestly do (believe I can get the best out of him) but it’s like in any relationship; it’s got to be two-way, but I’m certainly feeling the love. Come on Dom, come to the table now because you’ve got a manager who believes in you.
“So it’s going to be down to him and hopefully the penny drops in terms of recognising what’s required and what’s needed.”
Bignot also revealed Sean McAllister was involved in some light training this afternoon, but is still not fully fit.
“Sean McAllister was more of a mannequin out there, in terms of he wasn’t really involved in the full training session. We were just getting him movements relating to a game so with regards Sean McAllister, he’s still away from training with the main group,” he said.
The manager also admitted he was really pleased to see the initial artist’s impression of Town’s potential new stadium this morning.
“The new stadium is really exciting and for me, looking on the outside before, I can see what football clubs have done for communities. The football club I left; what that brought into the community, in terms of all aspects, it’s exciting. For me, it sounds like a no-brainer, bringing a town and a region together. Not only leisure and retail, but housing and jobs to create a community around football.
“Because it’s the universal language, it’s where everybody can relate and connect to, and for me it can bring everybody together. I’m going to extend my advent calendar to January 18 and I’m going to be ticking off the days. Hopefully we’ll get the news that everybody’s behind it; the council, the town, everybody.”
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