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Birmingham v Manchester: Chris Vernon preview

by Michael Henson

Head Coach Chris Vernon believes today’s season opener against Birmingham will be a great test for his young side.

Speaking to, the boss says that playing against the winners of the Northern League from last year will be tough but there is no better opener.

“Birmingham will be a great test for my players on the first matchday,” he stated. “It kicks off the season with something to fight for.

“I've had a fair few of first games where the standard has been not so great, so to player the league winners’ from last year first is a good test for my squad.”

The games against Birmingham last year proved a tough test for Manchester and Vernon’s squad will be looking to get revenge on the Midlands side.

Chris commented: “Birmingham are a very good side and they are one of the strongest in the country.

“They have a good squad and they want to win at all costs, no matter who the opposition are.”

He continued: “I’d be great to get the three points to start off the season on a positive but we know how good Birmingham are from last season, so it will be a tough test.”

Manchester have been back in pre-season for a number of weeks now and Vernon states that the squad are ready and waiting for the big kick off tonight.

Vernon said: “Some new players have arrived so my role has been to integrate them in the best way I can.

“It's not easy when I have such a close group of players, but credit to all my players it's been a great experience.

“It’s been a long pre-season and now they just want to get on that court for real.”

Manchester’s last competitive game came at the end of May against Cambridge, who are now in the same division, and the Head Coach joked it’s been an age since the squad were last in action.

Chris laughed: “It’s been too long since our last game!

“However, I did manage to do some me time and catch up with the youth programmes so that was my fix over the summer to stay involved.”

A lot went on over the summer, including the Futsal Showcase in India and the PFL Showcase in America with Raducio King representing Manchester in the latter.

Speaking about ‘Kingy’, Vernon commented: “I couldn't be happier that our Kingy represented the club in the USA. They got a taste of what we luckily get every week.

“I know they would have loved his ability and, most importantly, his personality.

“Kingy shared his experience with two of the world greats in Falcao and Ricardinho and what a great memory that is for him to look back on.” 

When asked on his aspirations for the season, Chris went straight to the point as he only has one team goal in mind.

He remarked: “It's simple, I want win the league, the FA Cup and get to the Grand Finals. 

“Nothing less is acceptable for Manchester Futsal.

“In terms of personal goals, I want to stay close to my mentors in Futsal, as well as sharing my experiences with new and upcoming coaches to spread the word of the sport.”

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