Stevenage skipper says players have ‘big bond’ with Darren Sarll as boss lands job full-time

Ronnie Henry

Ronnie Henry - Credit: Archant

Ronnie Henry says Stevenage’s players can’t speak highly enough of manager Darren Sarll.

Boro defender Henry, who made his 400th appearance for the club in Saturday’s goalless draw at Accrington Stanley, was asked for his thoughts the day before Sarll was handed the Stevenage job full-time.

Henry says the players respect the fact that their new boss is ‘a grafter’, adding that Sarll and his coaching staff have built up an ‘amazing’ team spirit since they’ve took over.

Stevenage finished 18th in the League Two table following a run of just one defeat in the club’s last nine league matches, and Henry says the club can now push on to better things next season.

“The players have worked very hard for him. He’s done everything possible and has been in every day of the week for the last few months trying to get the job and get us out of relegation,” Henry told the Comet.

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“He’s got a big bond with us now. We respect him to a very high degree and can’t speak highly enough of him.

“We’ve had a very strong end to the season. Darren has come in and with Glenn [Roeder] and Terry [Harris] has done very well.

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“They’ve been tremendous with us and the lads have bought into what they’ve been trying to do.

“The team spirit is amazing and I’m sure that’s what gets you through it sometimes. I’m pleased that we’re starting to keep clean sheets and we’ll look forward to next season now.

“There’s too much chop and change at football clubs. This is one that doesn’t chop too much. I know Teddy [Sheringham] was the exception and it didn’t quite work out with him which is a shame, but Darren’s a young manager and he’s got the right enthusiasm, the right knowledge and he’s a grafter.

“And he’s only a year older than me, though I look a lot better than him and I say that to him every day.”

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