Happy Home Park
HOME Park is an exciting place to be once again, according to Carl Fletcher.The Pilgrims' manager insists that, after the pressures of last season, it is good to be able to relax around the club once again.
Fletch is in charge of his first pre-season as a manager and, despite the added challenges in his job role, admits he's glad to be back.
"I had a good break," he said. "I don't think you ever switch of completely, but it was great to spend some time with the family. Last year, they were kind of neglected a bit throughout the season but - yeah - it's good to get back."
Last summer, the club was in severe financial trouble so preparation for the new season was not particularly fluid. Fletch, however, wants this year to be different, and has been working hard in the off-season to make sure the club is ready for the new season.
"We didn't know what kit or anything we had last year, so it's a big difference," said Fletch. "We've been working hard in the off season to make sure things are right."
"It's funny - you try and get it all sorted but it always seems to come down to the last minute.
"But it's good, we've changed a few things, like, for example, we've done the changing rooms up a bit, and thanks to Gaz [Gary Mcguire] from the [Green] Taveners for his effort. All their guys put in really long hours to get it done so we appreciate that help.
"It's those little things that really affect the players. Its good for them to come back and see things are better and nicer because it makes them feel better."
Fletch knows the club cannot forget the perils of last season, and, as a result, has been trying to make sure the club is doing things the right way.
"Touch wood, will never be in a position like last season ever again," he said. "The pressure that was there last year it affected, not only myself, but all of us and I don't want anyone to go through that ever again."
"We've got a wage-structure now and we're going to stick to it to make sure the club doesn't get back into trouble. "