Dicks: Hard work will be key to success for Swifts


JULIAN DICKS says hard work will underpin his approach to achieving success at Heybridge.

The new Swifts manager took training for the first time on Thursday evening and will take charge of the team for the first time tomorrow (October 6) in a Bostik North clash at Mildenhall Town.

Julian (pictured) said: “It’s good to be back involved in football after my time at West Ham, where I enjoyed working with my friend Slav (Slaven Bilic).

“And when the Swifts job came up I was happy to go for it as it is a club I am fond of. I watched many of their home games last season and some this year.

“But there is work to do. I only had 12 players at training on Thursday but I have five or six due to come along to training on Tuesday.

“I’m looking for players all over the park but they have to be better than what we already have here.

“The team might have lost a bit of confidence after losing a few games and we need to get that back.

“I like my teams to play good football but I am not naive enough to think that is the only way to play.

“But football often really comes down to hard work. These players have a commitment to do well for Heybridge and they need to earn their money in terms of hard work in training and in the games.”

Ex-Bishop’s Stortford and Southend Manor goalkeeping coach James Good has joined Swifts’ backroom team, while former Southend United Under-21 striker Damn Walker has also joined.

And Julian says he is looking forward to working alongside assistant manager Karl Duguid.

The Swifts boss added: “I have spoken to Karl and he has the same ethos as me when it comes to football so I am looking forward to working with him.

“He has played at a good level at Colchester and has good experience now so I’m happy to have him and the other coaches on board for the challenge here.”