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A new era begins

by Aaron Russell

A new era begins

Manchester ready for their eighth season in top flight

This weekend signals a new dawn for English Futsal and as Manchester prepare to start the 2015/16 FA Futsal Super League season with their away trip to face University of Nottingham, they know that everything is all to play for in the race to become English Futsal Champions for the very first time.

Pre-season began with some early silverware in clinching the Manchester International Futsal Tournament 2015 title and over the last few weeks the club has been busy reviewing and refining their playing squad in time for this weekend’s opener. Whilst the core of last season’s squad remain, the club have bolstered their ranks with some notable signings. Forward Raducio King returns to the club alongside former Manchester Head Coach Marcos Leon in a playing capacity. The summer break has also seen former Sheffield FC player and England international Richard Ward join up with Manchester.  In the last two weeks former Manchester player Dan Haralambous and FS Derby forward John Atkinson have been training with the squad and could both push for places this season. 

There have also been some changes in the senior team’s coaching personnel with Keith Brady now stepping in to take the Team Manager role following his involvement as the club’s Performance Analyst over the last two seasons. Brady will lead the players and work alongside his backroom staff of Sam Richardson (U21 Head Coach) and Karl Burns in the new season.

Despite the changes, the club are hungry for further success to build on last season’s achievements. Having claimed the 2014/15 North league title in straightforward fashion and reaching the final of the FA Futsal Cup, there is even more expectation being placed on mixing it with the leading challengers this season as Club Chairman Simon Wright pointed out;

“Our target every season is always to compete to be the English Champions. We have to be ambitious as history tells this club expects to reach major finals. My staff and the club’s players all realise this and that must remain our focus throughout”.

“We have a lot to build on this year so that this talented group can progress.  With a strong squad that’ll be prepared to put the work in on the training ground I’m confident we can move forward together”.

“Our approach will be to prepare well for each game and not really think about the other ‘contenders’ out there. We have respect for all of the English Club’s in this season’s Super League because they all have something to prove and demonstrate that they can compete at this level”.

The futsal season is back and it’s going to be an exciting one for everyone involved.

Manchester’s game against the University of Nottingham is a 3:15pm kick-off. Follow the live updates via @MFC_Futsal 

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