Wheeler wanted to remain at St Albans City but knows results must improve

PUBLISHED: 12:23 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:23 25 February 2016

St Albans City's new management team of Harry Wheeler and Ian Allinson. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

St Albans City's new management team of Harry Wheeler and Ian Allinson. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Robert Walkley

Harry Wheeler is happy to still be at St Albans City despite the changes in the management team - although he insisted that results are more important than his happiness.

The former boss stepped down when Ian Allinson became available, taking up the role of assistant manager.

And while he harbours some thoughts of what might have been, he says the most important thing is to improve results.

He told the Herts Ad: “I was enjoying [being the manager] but I was frustrated with the results in my last games in charge.

“Sutton aside, we were so close to getting something in some of those. I felt we were one or two players short of getting somewhere.

“Of course you always look ahead but it’s not about me.

“I wanted to stay. I am still happy but I am not happy with the results.

“We need results to improve.”

City’s next three games herald the period which will make or break their season.

Whitehawk, Sutton United and Weston-super-Mare all visit Clarence Park in the next two weeks and Wheeler is well-aware of the importance of those games.

He said: “Bath was a really important one. If you hadn’t realised we are in serious trouble, you do now.

“In reality we have to get seven points from the next three games. That’s what we are going to have to do.

“There are teams around us who are starting to pick up points. But if we do get seven from nine, I don’t think any of them will.

“We are better at home than we are away, the stats prove that. Having the next three games at home is a positive. Then we are playing teams around us.

“Whitehawk aren’t in great form. They haven’t won in their last three and have just replaced the manager.

“We’ve got to keep hold of the positives.”

He admits confidence is low but says that comes “from being down there all season”.

And he thinks the arrival of Allinson, while not being a totally new broom, can have a positive effect of the team’s spirit.

He said: “I’m still doing the coaching; nothing has changed in that respect. And the lads are still responsive.

“He is more about man-managing the players. Plus it is a different voice for the players. Before it was the same voice lifting them and being critical

“It’s a good relationship. We bounce off each other and we have different ideas we pitch at each other.

“I’ll pick up little bits over time as I do with John Still at Dagenham.

“I’ve been around for long enough but his arrival will only be good for my development.”

Wheeler has been joined in the management set-up by Ian’s son, Lee, who has left his position of assistant manager at Biggleswade Town.

Lee, who has also signed as a player, is a UEFA B-coach who runs his own Football Academy in Stevenage.

His arrival coincides with the departure of first-team coach Mark Boyce.

A spokesman said: “We thank Mark for his efforts over the last three years and wish him well for the future.”

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