Dods reveals his vision for Brechin City tenure

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

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City boss Darren Dods hopes to build on the great work done by his predecessor Ray McKinnon

The 40-year-old player-manager has already identified his initial targets to supplement the eight players already signed by Brechin.

I’ve got one or two targets in mind already.

Darren Dods

And the former Forfar Athletic defender hopes to repay the great faith shown in him by the club’s committee by pushing for promotion right away.

Dods said: “It’s a great opportunity for me to start my managerial career at Brechin City. They’ve got a habit for going for younger managers like Ray McKinnon and they’ve showed faith in me to give me the opportunity so I want to work hard to achieve something here.

“I want to build on what Ray McKinnon’s done. He’s had them in the top four in the last two years. There’s a strong spine to the squad.

“We’ve lost Bobby Barr and Alan Trouten and so on but we’ll look to replace them and add bits to the team. We want to push for the play-offs again and of course the goal eventually is to get up a league.

“It’s a very well-run club and it always has been. I’m looking to getting started. We’ve only got eight players signed at the moment.

“Pre-season starts soon and I’ve got a good list of people. You can see managers who have everyone signed on but one player ends up going somewhere else and it starts a chain reaction. I’ve got one or two in mind and we go back on June 20 so hopefully I’ll have a couple in place before then.”

Dods will lead his side into an early friendly with Aberdeen later this month as the Dons begin their preparation for European football.

The experienced centre half expects to feature in the run of pre-season games before deciding what kind of role he will play on the field.

Darren continued: “We play Aberdeen on June 24 as part of their preparations for their European ties. It’s quite early but it’s a good game to take.

“Last season Dick was keen to keep me playing for Forfar before the Brechin opportunity came up. I’ll play in the pre-season friendlies and see how I get on in them. If I feel good enough to offer something I’ll still be available for selection.

“If the team are doing well with me out of the team I’m more than happy to remain on the sidelines. It’s part-time level so I’m happy to keep myself fit and just take part in training and things. I played 41 games last year but I’d imagine playing less than half that this season.”