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21 October 2021

Kevin Maher says he will take the fear away from the players to allow them to express themselves.

The newly appointed Blues Head Coach was speaking ahead of his first game in charge against one of his former clubs this weekend.

And Maher is looking forward to taking to the dugout as boss for the first time against Dagenham & Redbridge.

"I just want to take the fear away from them,” said Maher.

"I know they’ve had a tough time recently and results haven’t been great but I want them to go on the pitch and enjoy their football and get a smile on their face.

"If we can encourage them to express themselves in the right areas hopefully we can get some positive results.”

With just two days to work with the players, Maher was asked how much he will be able to get across to his players in a short space of time before the weekend.

"There’s principles we want [to implement], with and without the ball.

"Depending on the game and the opponents, there will be some principles that we always want that will be a constant throughout our time here.

"We’re still managing one or two that aren’t on the grass yet, so to get too much detail [into the players] – we’ve done a little bit – but there’s still a long way to go.

"We’re getting to know people, seeing what their strengths and weaknesses are and then we’ll judge that as we go.”

Confidence will be helped by the win against Chertsey Town in the FA Cup last weekend.

Maher added: "Last week was good and everything I’ve seen about the players they look like a real good group. Good honest players that want to do well for the football club.

"They’re suffering at the minute but last week will help that. It’s going to take time to build what we want in terms of shape, formations etc. If we can give them platforms and the structure we want then hopefully we will be able to do that.”

Darryl McMahon’s side come into the game in sixth place but with three defeats in their last three National League games.

"They’ve been watched. We know a bit about them already, myself Darren and Mark, so we will have a rough idea of what they will do.

"They’re a good side, a solid outfit and I know Darryl well so they will be well up for this.

"It will be a good game for us, being a derby, we’ll bring a lot of fans so that will encourage the players as well.

"We’ll take away the fear and hopefully the players can go and express themselves."

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