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3 February 2016



3 February 2016

Darren Sarll's message to the fans...

"Obviously it has been a trying, testing few days as the club parted company with Teddy, Kevin and Dmitri on Monday. All three were very good men, very professional and will undoubtedly reappear soon within the game. I would like to thank them personally for the past nine months.

"I would also like to thank the chairman and the board for the opportunity to take caretaker charge even if it was at the price of someone else’s misfortune. I will endeavour to not let them down and give the club something to smile about again. Returning pride to the town via our football club is vital to the clubs continual growth.

"As always, football goes on and we must go on. It presents me with an opportunity that as a local lad has been a dream of mine, ever since joining the club 12 years ago.

"When the chance to return was presented to me three years ago, it was always my intention to manage the club one day. Therefore it goes without saying that Saturday will be a very proud and important day for me and my family.

"That being said, I have no thought to my medium or long term future, just to live and work each day as it comes and to prepare the team as best I can.

"There is no doubt I feel a great deal of responsibility to all of the supporters of whom I have stood with on the terraces over the past two decades. I have watched many great and indeed entertaining sides over the years featuring the likes of Dave Venables, Mark Smith, Barry Hayles, Steve Morison, George Boyd and many more.

"I have such a close affinity with the football club and hope I can lead us out of a sticky period into a more prosperous one. What is most important is that we rally together and the supporters understand what a large contribution they have to play in reaching our goals.

"Breaking this vicious cycle is one of the toughest psychological barriers that any player or coach has to face but I can ensure you this week it will not be for the want of trying. Although I was part of the previous managerial team, I am confident I will be able to put my own stamp on things to differentiate between the two tenures.

"My teams over the years have always had strong values and characteristics. A high work ethic, great energy levels and players that supporters can identify and relate to.

"These for me are minimum requirements when you don the red and white of Stevenage. It is the least that we can expect and my players will be made fully aware of that.

"Over the course of this season we have lost the fear factor that was always associated with the Lamex Stadium and we need it back. It is up to the players to ignite and the fans to respond. Let’s turn up the noise levels at the weekend and get this place back to what it used to be."


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