Haworth looks at the bigger picture

SIMON Haworth is viewing his latest Stalybridge Celtic rebuild a two-year project.

Celtic’s manager, in his third season at Bower Fold, completely overhauled the playing staff for the 2020-21 season.

Haworth has had a noticeable shift in policy to lower the age of the squad from his first two seasons in charge.

With Celtic second bottom of the Northern Premier League’s premier division with two points from their first seven games, Haworth admitted it has been a bumpy start to the campaign.

He said: “Some of the new lads did well pre-season but have been caught out by the standard of the NPL.

“We don’t have much money and because of that we have brought in players from a lower level and given then an opportunity.

“They have not all failed, but one or two have been caught out and found the NPL tougher than they probably expected.

“I am sure maybe they would come good if we had the time to give them maybe 20 games.

“We are not in that position and the heat is on to get results. We need more experience and quality which is what I have done with recent signings.”

The former Wales international sees it as a two-year project which coincides with his two-year contract which runs to 2022.

Haworth believes he has the nucleus of a successful side in place.

He added the young players brought in will benefit from this season and then hopefully will kick on next season.

This is the third side that Haworth, appointed manager in 2018, has created.

But with the change in emphasis to a more youthful line-up, Haworth is looking to build a side which will stay together and provide stability that has been lacking in his time at Bower Fold.

Haworth’s cause this season has not been helped by injuries and players forced to self-isolate.

He had eight players missing for the recent Scarborough game and six against Buxton.

Haworth was still without four injured players for the home defeat by Basford United, Will Goodwin, Keano Deacon, Damani Holness and Ben Woods.

Teenage striker Goodwin, who damaged his ankle in the draw at Atherton Collieries, has returned to parent club Chester for treatment. He is likely to be out for six weeks, a big blow as he had settled in well at Bower Fold.

Striker Mike Burke and left-back Freddie Sass are back after self-isolating.

Haworth has brought back striker Kyle Hawley following a loan at Glossop and may also recall midfielder Anthony Williams from Colne.

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