Carshalton Athletic’s new manager Stuart Massey is all about three words – youth, talent and loyalty.
Massey took over the reins from Ian Hazel prior to Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Harrow Borough, which kept the Robins second from bottom of the Ryman Premier League.
And the 49-year-old, who is also still the current youth boss at Whyteleafe, has little time to settle into his new role with two vital home games inside four days.
Bottom club Cray Wanderers are the visitors to Colston Avenue on Saturday, and Grays Athletic, in 18th, arrive on Tuesday.
But Massey, who had been called in by Hazel in an assistant role since the end of December, has seen and heard enough to convince him the Robins can fly again.
“When Ian decided he’d had enough, I was offered the job and I had a long think about it,” Massey, a former Crystal Palace and Oxford United midfielder, said.
“But after speaking to the chairman, it was clear he and I want to take the club in the same direction.
“I am all about the young players – I have managed a Whyteleafe team from U7s to youth level and to potentially making the first team.
“I really want to create an environment at Carshalton where youth players can come through the ranks into the first team, then help them to, who knows, take that step into professional football.
“There are so many young, talented players who are falling through the net, and I believe a set up like Carshalton can find and train the very best that youth has to offer.”
He added: “There is very little loyalty in the game these days, which is half the reason I stopped playing, because players are chasing the money, even at non-League level.
“My players at Whyteleafe enjoyed playing under me and hence they stayed, and I hope to do the same at Carshalton.
“I am still the youth manager at Whyteleafe, but logistically it will be difficult to keep that going, we’ll have to wait and see.”
The Robins have won just three league games in 25 attempts – the last being a 3-2 win at East Thurrock United on Boxing Day – but Massey is confident he can turn fortunes around.
“Against Harrow we made chances, but gave away a couple of sloppy goals – it was a case of groundhog day,” he said.
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“I watched us against Kingstonian and we gave away two silly penalties, but apart from that, we had our moments.
“We do need someone to put the goals in and we need some experience in the spine of the side to stop conceding those silly goals.”
He added: “These two home games are massive, but I believe that if we can get a couple of quick wins, then the confidence will return and the players will have renewed belief.
“Confidence plays a huge role in football.”
Massey is sweating on the fitness of skipper Lewis Taylor (thigh), Harold Odametey (ankle) and Quincy Rowe (groin).