Assistant manager relishes challenge of 2015/16
Neil Cox reckons it will be an even more competitive League 2 next season, but he is looking forward to the challenge of taking AFC Wimbledon forward once again.
for 2015/16 and talked about Wimbledon’s aims for next season.announcement During an interview for the official website, our assistant manager gave his reaction to the league fixtures
“It is going to be a harder league next season,” said Neil. “I think that teams down the bottom last season, including Hartlepool and Carlisle, will spend big and Oxford, Northampton and York will be better. Portsmouth and Luton will be expected to be up there and Bristol Rovers are a big side in this league. Then there are also the teams that have come down.
“Our aim is progress. When the players come back for pre-season training we have to focus on what we want and how we are going to do it. Forget about the last couple of seasons, we are going to go all out next season and really go for it. We will be trying to get a few more players in maybe next week and start building a squad for next season.”
With youngsters Tom Beere, George Oakley, Ben Harrison, Will Nightingale, Ryan Sweeney, Joe McDonnell and David Fitzpatrick having all made their debuts last season, Neil Cox is expecting some of them to become consistent first-team performers during 2015/16.
“We are looking forward to our young players gaining more experience and hopefully two or three of them can play over 30 games next season," added Neil. "We have five or six players who can who can play that amount of games. We want our young players to be playing full seasons for us.”
Neil Cox believes it is a tough early season fixture list for AFC Wimbledon at the start of 2015/16.
“It is a difficult start,” added Cox. “It is nice to start with a home game, but it is going to be tough. We have got Cambridge United early on and they are one of the teams that have already spent a lot of money. They will be looking to get promoted.
"We also have Crawley and they have just come down. We have a long journey to Carlisle and that is never easy in the first month of the season. They are really hard games to start with.”