I’ve no regrets, insists Stimmo
BORO boss Mark Stimson reiterated this week that he has no regrets about his summer switch to Broadhall Way. His former side Grays Athletic visit Boro this Saturday, chairman Mick Woodward having already sacked Stimson s successor Frank Gray and installed
BORO boss Mark Stimson reiterated this week that he has no regrets about his summer switch to Broadhall Way.
His former side Grays Athletic visit Boro this Saturday, chairman Mick Woodward having already sacked Stimson's successor Frank Gray and installed himself as supremo.
Boro exited the FA Cup on Saturday and languish in 17th in the Conference table.
Grays, FA Trophy winners and play-off semi-finalists under Stimson last season, are currently ninth.
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Stimson said: "I had some great times with Grays and I left on good terms.
"There were 250 watching us in my first match and there were 8,000 supporters in my last game in charge at Upton Park (the FA Trophy final).
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"But I don't regret leaving. That was then and this is now.
"I talked to a couple of League clubs after leaving Grays and then the offer at Stevenage came along.
"Saturday is just like any other game for me and you can only get three points from the game and that's the most important thing."
Boro have been the definition of inconsistent so far this season, going from the sublime to the ridiculous in equal measure.
Stimson admitted: "I knew it would be difficult. There were only 11 players on contract when I took over and a lot of the better players available on free transfers over the summer had already been snapped up.
"It's been frustrating. There have been some very good performances along with some poor ones.
"We haven't got as many points as we would warrant or would want.
"Like most things, it takes time and we're not that far away.
"The away form has been nowhere near as good as our home form and that's shown in our amount of points."
Stimson said he has received solid support from the club since he arrived.
"The board have been first class. From the first time I spoke to Phil (Wallace), it's been good.
"They like the way we try to play football and everything has been positive despite some of the results."
The majority of last season's squad had already been released by previous boss Graham Westley by the time Stimson arrived.
Others like Dannie Bulman (Crawley) and Darryn Stamp (York) have since been loaned out with views to permanent deals.
"I like a bit more mobility than Darryn can provide, and I want to have someone with more energy in central midfield than Dannie. Also the pair were on fantastic contracts."
Stimson believes a play-off spot is still possible this season.
"To have a really good squad and to do something this season - and we still think we can - we need four or five new players."
One new addition this week is Northampton midfielder Bradley Johnson, who has joined on a month's loan.
"Bradley plays on the left side of central midfield and was on loan at Gravesend last season. He is a young lad with a lot of energy."
Young striker Chris Sullivan has gone on loan to Southern League strugglers Cheshunt.
Stimson added: "We need people who are experienced in winning something in the squad.
"Unless you've tasted success, you don't appreciate how good it is and that you want it again.
"We're light in the middle of the pitch and we probably need another striker as well."
His strikeforce of Steve Morison and George Boyd struggled in the cup defeat at Wrexham.
Stimson continued: "Steve has not played at this level before and he might need a rest on occasions.
"Teams are also marking George in a different way recently.
"Now Steve Guppy is coming back, we can also switch Jon Nurse around if we need to."
P Boro's reserves were beaten 3-1 at the MK Dons on Tuesday afternoon. They led at the break through triallist Justin Roberts but the more experienced hosts fought back.