Hemel manager Brennan: ‘You have to take success with both hands’

Hemel Hempstead Town management duo Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Hemel Hempstead Town management duo Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

Tudors boss Dean Brennan says that his side have to grasp the chance of success with both hands as they continue to push for a Conference South playoff spot.

The Tudors go to playoff rivals Ebbsfleet today, and both sides know that the result will go a long way to defining their respective seasons.

“I don’t think success can ever come too soon, you can’t pick and choose when you get success because it is so hard to win a title – especially in the manner we did last year,” said Brennan.

“But our young players are coming to the fore and becoming senior players – players like King and Parkes – and they have got to go and do it for us now in the next three or four games.

“These games will define our season. If success is going to come along, you’ve got to take it with both hands because what we want to do is get everybody at the club involved, and everybody enjoying it. We have to be in it together.

“We have got a special football club that we are building here, in a massive town, and the people need a football club to cheer about.

“We’ve just got to keep concentrating, keep sticking together and taking it game by game, and I think we can have a lot of success.”

Despite an encouraging season so far in their debut Conference South campaign, Brennan admits he wants to see even more from his young Tudor side.

“We’re miles away from our points target at this stage,” he said. “It’s a tougher league than I thought it was going to be – if you look at the teams that are up there, they are the teams who have the finances.

“But I think we are doing OK, we are doing average, and I think a lot of players could be doing more. I try to set the standards so high that sometimes it can get on top of the players.

“Football can change very quickly at and anything can happen, at any level – we all know that. But I think that the potential for this football club is scary.

“It’s going to take a little bit of time and there’s plenty of hurdles that we’ve got to get over but so far we’ve come on so far over the last two and a half years.

“Realistically myself and Stuart Maynard (assistant manager) were brought here to stabilise the football club in the league below.

I” think we’ve just got to take it game by game on the promotion situation, there’s a lot left to happen and sometimes you can try and sprint before you can walk but for the football club it would be a good season if we could finish in the top-10.

“Even though I personally, and the players, want to be winning titles – we want to be where Boreham Wood and Bromley are.”