PHILL Cooper is in no doubt Denton Town are on the way up on the pitch after a summer of transformation off it.
Investment from Hollywood film producer Rob Molloy has seen him made special adviser and brought a link-up with Matlock Town.
The immediate aim is promotion to the Cheshire League, premier division but long-term, the hope is to make it into the footballing pyramid by being accepted into the North West Counties League.
Players have come in from higher leagues for the forthcoming campaign, which gets going next month,
And the joint-manager is adamant the good times are coming to Whittle’s Park.
He said: “Weirdly, from a football side, lockdown could be the best thing to happen as the club’s had the best thing to ever happen to it.
“Everything is still quite new and we’re trying to take in exactly what’s happening but hopefully over the next few months people will start to see what we’re about.
“We’ll be as professional as we can and we’ll see where it takes us.
“Denton Town has always been a club that people have liked but for me, in the last few years it’s struggled in terms of having stability and commitment from the players, especially going back to my playing days when it was a different team every week.
“But there will be a lot of quality at Denton Town next season.”
Denton’s pre-season preparations got off to a sticky start with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester League side Tintwistle Athletic.However, Phill insists the fixtures are a testing ground for his players, many of whom are new to the club.
He added: “There’s a lot more goes into friendlies, especially after what’s gone on in the background at Denton Town.
“We’re trying to assemble a squad now that’s going to be good enough to win the league. We had a good one last year but it wasn’t necessarily what we needed to go and win it.
“This year, we’ve added a few better lads in. With those coming into the mix, it’s going to change everything and we’re going to give it a good go.
“We missed that bit of a battle last year in the middle of the park, so we’ve got a few lads coming in that are going to add that.
“Pre-season this time around is going to be a bit different. We’re going to look at a lot of different lads but everyone will get a fair crack of the whip.
“People can stand out in training but until you put them into a game and under a bit of pressure, they can be totally different.”