Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs feels the team have made huge strides in his first season in charge and says thoughts have already turned to the next campaign.
The Albion boss applauded Portsmouth for claiming the Premier League Southern Division, following their 3-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday, and says his players can take plenty of positives from 2014/15.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “We were obviously disappointed when we heard that Portsmouth had won, but everyone here at the club congratulates them for winning the title.
“The league table doesn’t lie; the most consistent team wins it and they’ve been the most consistent side this year. We wish them the best of luck in the play-off.
“But we’ve come a long way in a short space of time; there have been a lot of changes in the past year and the main thing is that we’ve managed to progress both on and off the pitch.
"When I was asked to come here, the aim was to get us Women’s Super League football. Unfortunately we haven’t got there this year, but we said it would take time and some good foundations have been laid. We’ve learned a lot as a team and so have I personally.
“We’ll be looking to take that into the next campaign and I feel as if I know what’s needed in order to push us on to the next level. It’s just about making sure that we get that right and we go into next season in a stronger position.”
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Albion are still yet to play their final match of the season, as Sunday’s match against Keynsham was postponed with the visitors unable to fulfill the fixture.
The club are still waiting to hear whether or not the fixture will be rearranged. Whatever happens, Marrs is eager to finish the campaign on a winning note.
“We’ve got to wait and see if the game is going to be played and we can’t stop the players from training until a decision has been made.
“If we have to play the game then we’ll be professional and look to finish the season on a high. In one way it will be a good thing because I’ll be able to look at certain players.
“I’ll be able to look at what the formula may be for next season and perhaps field one or two of the younger players.
“It’s always nice to give the younger players a chance and we always look to give them opportunities as quickly as possible.
“But we always have to be mindful of their age and make sure it’s the right decision for us and for them as individuals.”