David Flitcroft admits that he wants his team to constantly improve even when they are already playing well, because you can always be better.
The Shakers are currently six games unbeaten in all competitions going into Saturday’s game against Colchester United, and are also top scorers in theLeague with 20 goals in 10 games.
Manager David Flitcroft believes that those high levels are maintained by giving his players the task of always wanting to improve, although he admits that it is achieved by all his staff and the players also doing the same.
This mentality is helped by having a large number of quality players that demand the players around them to keep up with their high standards.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s away trip to Colchester, David Flitcroft explained: “You have to set a good culture at a football club to get the best of your players. It’s about pushing and maintaining standards at a high level.
“It can be tough, but that’s where you need good staff, it can’t just come from yourself, but it needs to come from your players as well. That’s why you bring in players like Peter Clarke, Kelvin Etuhu and Leon Clarke, because they demand high standards from the players around them.
“A lot of the other players are now demanding more from themselves and the players around them as well, like Nathan Cameron, Danny Mayor, Tom Soares and Chris Hussey who all give everything every day.”
Flitcroft also stated that this mentality is not just for the players, but he also expects his staff to be always looking to improve themselves and make themselves better in their chosen field.
This is done by always re-evaluating your work and choosing an aspect you can improve on, which the gaffer has admitted is his mantra for life.
He said: “From day one we’ve known that there is a thirst to keep improving and get better throughout theClub. My mantra as a person is that you have to keep looking around to see what you can improve.
“If you don’t keep improving in football, you stand still and if you stand still everyone passes you so it’s important we carry that mantra throughout the football club.
“My job as aManager is to help everyone at theClub improve in what they do, whether that is a player or a member of staff. You see people fixed at aClub for a period of time and you think why they haven’t progressed.
“You look at someone like Lee Nobes who was a physio at Bury while I was a player, and is now at the elite level of football with Manchester City, that’s someone with a passion to get better as a physio.”
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