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Diss Town manager Garth Good eager to implement cultural reset during first season in charge





New Diss Town manager Garth Good is not setting any targets in terms of league positions this season.

Instead, the UEFA A licence holder, who replaced the departed Mark Sutcliffe and Matt Coote in the hotseat earlier this summer, is eager to oversee a cultural change at Brewers Green Lane.

Once a club that regularly dined towards the top end of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table, the last four seasons have seen the Tangerines finish in an average position of 13th a level lower at Step 6.

Harry Hutt has rejoined Diss Town and is one of a number of new signings made by the club ahead of the new season getting under way this weekend
Harry Hutt has rejoined Diss Town and is one of a number of new signings made by the club ahead of the new season getting under way this weekend

And Good – a former academy coach with Norwich City – is determined to lay some solid foundations to ensure that Diss can one day return to their previous vantage point.

He said: “I’d love to say we’ll look to be chasing the play-offs and who knows? Maybe that’s unrealistic or maybe it will happen.

“I think it’s important that we are in and around the top half at least, but what we really want to do is install a different culture at the club.

“We want to build something for the future. The longevity of the club is important and we’re looking to revamp everything from the Under-18s and up.

“This is by no means a criticism of anyone, but it seems like in recent years managers have come in with a short-term goal – to get the club promoted.

“Fifteen or 20 players come in as well and then when the manager leaves, the players leave as well.

“It’s stopped the club from moving forward at times and they’ve been stuck in a bit of a cycle.

“Of course we want to win football matches and have a team that the local community can be proud of.

“That’s always the aim and we think doing it this way will help us to achieve that.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s First Division North opener at AFC Sudbury Reserves (3pm), Good has been busy adding to his squad.

The forward line has been bolstered by Tam Demunga, who counts Winchester City, Long Stratton and Fakenham Town among his list of former clubs.

Midfielder Adam Dighton has signed on after stints with the likes of UEA, Witham Town and Brentwood Under-23s, while winger Harry Hutt is back at the club after a spell with Thetford Rovers.

Centre-back James Sillet has come in from East Harling and he has been joined by fellow defender Finley Yates, who is previously of Swaffham Town. Tiago Pascoal, meanwhile, has joined from Great Yarmouth Town and can play anywhere down the right hand side, with Bradley Yates – formerly of Buxton and Swaffham – also providing extra width.

After travelling to face Sudbury’s second string this weekend, Diss will be on the road again on Tuesday at Framlingham Town (7.45pm). Prior to that clash, the Castlemen will kick off tomorrow at Wivenhoe Town (3pm).

In the Premier Division, Walsham-le-Willows go to Lakenheath tomorrow (3pm) and then host Mulbarton Wanderers on Tuesday (7.45pm).



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