Premier Division

Glebe project is the ideal challenge for Hudson


Earlier this summer Harry Hudson was appointed as the new Glebe First Team Manager.

A few weeks in to the job he sat down and gave an interview with Matt White at the Glebe website, of which an excerpt is here;

What made you choose Glebe?

“Whenever we’ve played against Glebe, I’ve always thought the club had a lovely community feel. Speaking to the chairman and the board, they’re ambitious but realistic, which is exactly the sort of challenge and project I was looking for. I think the club has done the hardest bit which is the youth section then really getting the first team right, to bring the club forward; it’s at the point where I think it can really kick on. That’s what came across with the ambition of the board so that was really attractive. Location wise it’s good, pitch is fantastic. They are really important factors for me for the style we want to play. Once I met with Rocky and the board, we were very aligned with what we wanted to do and that will make for a very good working relationship.”

What are your aims/objectives for the season?

“We want to have a successful season and will be looking to achieve on all fronts including the FA competitions too which I’ve always enjoyed personally as a manager and have a good record in them (touch wood). So the FA Vase is very interesting. But generally, we’re looking to be as successful as we can in all competitions. For the league, there’s no doubt that Chatham Town, Sheppey United and Tunbridge Wells are the 3 big hitters and they will be the ones to try and beat. We’re at the stage in year 1 where we want to mould the squad and get the style of football right, to show a pathway from the junior section which is really important here and is fantastic, it’s really thriving. We want to show a style and brand of football which will bump the crowds up hopefully so that people will want to come and watch. That the younger players can see the pathway from Under 6s all the way through to the first team, to keep that real community feel. So harness and development, that relationship, have a go on all fronts and see how successful we can be. But there are some serious teams in this league who are looking to get out of it so I will expect them to be difficult to dislodge.”

How is the initial squad building going?

“As with any manager, you sort of have a nucleus which you try and speak too. I think we will have a really good spine, I probably know 10 or 11 players who have signed up already which is a really fantastic position to be in and then we will look at the next 7 or 8 places in the next few weeks of pre-season. I will certainty say to the fans watch this space in the next week or so, where we will be announcing some signings which will be exciting for the club.”

Have you put together your backroom staff?

“Yeah. Assistant Manager will be Mark Dacey, First team coaches will be Dan Hogan and also Adam Fleming; who will be joining us from Barking. We’ll have Danny Rose as goalkeeping coach and Carly Payne will be head physio that the club have used for a number of years so a very, very strong staff team. I’ve built up a good team around me and I couldn’t be any more pleased with the staff that we’ve managed to secure.”

You must be looking forward to getting started and hopefully having an actual full season?

“It would be amazing. Everyone connected to football has missed a full season, every manager across the country no matter what level, all of us have done the hard work of pre-season and starting the season but never really got to see what that work could culminate in. I hope for everyone’s sanity we just get through a full season, if we can keeping rolling out the vaccine then I’m hopeful that will be the case. When we talk about expectations and what we want to try and achieve, realistically it will just be great to have a full completed season of football, for everyone’s mental wellbeing as well as the physical side of being involved with football so let’s just hope we can manage to achieve that!”

The full interview can be read on the Glebe Website here

The league season kicks off on 31st July.

Main Photo Credit: Kirk Pritchard