Adie Britton to focus on Bath City signing targets
Adie Britton says his new role at Bath City will allow the club to make much more astute signings in the future.
After stepping down as manager last week, Britton has become director of football development at the club, a position which will see him focus on scouting potential signings and working on the logistics of bringing them to Mayday Trust Park.
He has long emphasised the budgetary constraints at City and last week's surprise FA Cup exit leaves the prospects of short-term recruits slim.
Britton believes a club of City's financial means cannot afford to get many decisions wrong when it comes to signing players and hopes to ensure a better success rate in the future.
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"Improving the side is going to be a lot longer term and we know that going forward it's going to take a little while to get the exact players we want at the price we want," he said.
"We've got a list of targets but sometimes in the last 18 months or so we've taken them on watching them a couple of times. In an ideal world you want to watch them five to ten times.
"At most clubs you can get six out of ten decisions right but because of the restraints we've had at Bath City you probably need to get eight out of ten right to make a success of it.
"So I'll be looking a lot of the time at new players. I'll look at the side with Arch [new head coach Lee Howells], we'll see where the strengths and weaknesses are and over the course of 12 to 18 months we're going to see how we can improve it."
Britton believes a return to the Blue Square Bet Premier is a realistic aim over the next three seasons and says City's two seasons in the division has made attracting players a little easier.
The club's development squad may also come more into play, attracting players who want to train full-time to a set-up which will see them train four times a week at the University of Bath.
"The good thing is, if we gained one thing from going in the Blue Square Premier for a couple of years, it does mean that our profile is a little bit better as a football club," said Britton.
"People know that when we were in there we tried to play football the right way, we tried to pass the ball and we were attractive.
"There is also a reputation out there that we've got for helping players back into league football, so I think players welcome the opportunity to come here.
"That makes things a little bit easier but, nevertheless, some of the better players strive for full-time football.
"Hopefully we can get over that if we can get lads in and training with the development squad at the university, because they train four days a week with Lee Smith.
"There are all sorts of things that people wouldn't appreciate that go into bringing a player in, especially if you're going a bit out of the area – lads wouldn't have accommodation.
"With one player we've had recently that's been a massive problem.
"Obviously we're going to try to make the side a little bit younger, a little bit more athletic, and that will fall in with the development squad boys as they come through.
"It's a long-term plan, and it's a plan which hopefully will culminate in us going back up to the Blue Square Premier in the next two or three years in the right shape.
"I've got no doubt that when the full squad's available we'll get in the top half of the table this season, and I think we're capable of doing better than that.
"Then we'll set a goal next year of top six or top eight and hopefully the year after really have a chance of going for it.
"I think that's realistic, you have to have a plan. The board have put that in place and hopefully we can marry up to that on the field. I'm sure we can, but there's a lot of hard work to do."