Whaley hopes to have Cuckoos flying high again
Yaxley boss Brett Whaley has already set eyes on a top four finish in the UCL Premier Division next season after returning to the club for a second spell as manager .
The Cuckoos have won both of their games since Whaley’s return, scoring nine goals in the process, and with just two games of the season remaining, plans are already in place for a successful 2016/2017 campaign.
Whaley said: “Next year is going to be a very big year for the club. We need to get back into the top six and even reach the top four.
“It is going to be a challenge but we have everything in place in order to achieve it.
“We have a lot of talented players at the club and we want to finish the season strong and create a buzz around the place ahead of next season.”
Whaley was re-appointed Yaxley boss at the beginning of the month following an unsuccessful spell at rivals Wisbech Town and Whaley admits he endured a very tough time while in charge of the Fenmen.
“It was a really dissapointing and unenjoyable time. It was a very tough job.
“It’s a big club that has struggled to change its ways,” said Whaley.
“It wasn’t the job that I expected it to be and I didn’t feel comfortable.
“It is shame that it didn’t work out but I am delighted to be back with Yaxley.”
Despite starting the season with high expectations, Whaley left Wisbech in a mid-table position.
The Cuckoos currently sit one point above Whaley’s former club after recording a 5-1 win against Huntingdon on Saturday - a game in which hot-shot Dan Cotton netted a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 41 goals.
In Whaley’s first spell as manager he transformed the club’s fortunes, turning a struggling Yaxley side into a top-four team and the former Cuckoos player admits he is under pressure to repay the faith second time around.
“I am really lucky to be given the opportunity to return to the club and now it is up to me to repay the faith that the comittee has shown in me,” said Whaley.
“On a personal level it has been a really disapointing season for me which is not nice to have on the CV so it is important for me to get it right next season.”