BRENDAN KELLY admitted being Bromsgrove Sporting manager was harder than he originally thought – but stressed he’s loving life in the hot seat.
Kelly was promoted from assistant manager back in March when Paul Smith sensationally quit from his post due to indifferences with the board.
Chairman Mike Burke showed his confidence in Kelly and the decision has certainly paid dividends, with Kelly guiding the club back to the level where Bromsgrove Rovers were at before they folded.
Since claiming the Midland League Premier Division title Sporting have started life in Southern League Division One Central superbly, winning four of their opening five league fixtures and drawing the other whilst scoring 23 goals in the process.
With huge attendances, positive results, goals galore and a number of shrewd acquisitions in the likes of Walsall loanee Cameron Peters, ex-Saddlers man Will Shorrock and former Burton Albion prospect Charlie Dowd, you’d think Bren is finding life at the helm relatively easy.
But that is certainly not the case.
“Being manager takes up a lot of time – more time than I thought,” Kelly told the Standard.
“However, when you’re getting results like we are at the moment it’s well worth it.”
Whilst results are important, Kelly stressed one of the key approaches for him was ensuring all the players are working hard in training.
“I firmly believe what you do on the training ground can win you things,” he said.
“We’re always trying to add extra arrows to our bow week in, week out.
“If something does not go well in a game then it becomes the learning material in the next training session.
“If something goes right then it’s important we continue to do that.
“Repitition is key which is why, since I got the job, I rarely change the team unless something pressing comes up.
“It’s always difficult to rotate the squad but that pleases me as there’s so much competition for places.
“There’s great numbers in training and all the lads want to be a part of this club so it’s been a great start.”