‘Coaching role has whetted my appetite,’ says King’s Lynn Town’s Gary Mills

Gary Mills ANL-160707-102001001
Gary Mills ANL-160707-102001001

Gary Mills says his return to King’s Lynn Town as first team coach has whetted his appetite for the game.

The 35-year-old firmly believed his coaching days were over after his first taste of management as Rugby Town boss ended in bitter disappointment last season.

Mills, who was in charge for six weeks at Butlin Road, said: “To be honest I thought I was done with football after my experience at Rugby.

“I didn’t enjoy it. There were one or two reasons which played a part in that. I wasn’t allowed to manage the team the way I wanted to manage.

“I didn’t think I’d get back involved with the game after what happened, until the Gaffer (Gary Setchell) called me towards the end of last season.

“Coming back to Lynn and working with Gary, Neil (Fryatt) and the playing squad has really whetted my appetite for the game again.

“I really enjoyed my spell with the club before and I have a huge amount of respect for both Gary and Neil as a management team.”

Northampton-based Mills revealed that he almost became part of the Linnets’ coaching set-up two seasons ago, but opted to join former playing colleague Kevin Wilson as his assistant at Conference Premier giants Wrexham.

He assisted Wilkin at The Dragons until the pair left the club in March 2015.

During his stint at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham reached the final of the FA Trophy and also made it through to the third round of the FA Cup where they lost out to Premier League Stoke City.

Now back in the familiar surroundings of Norfolk, Mills, who hasn’t ruled out a playing return if called upon, has brought some of his successful coaching methods with him.

“Every coach has their own way of doing things,” said Mills. “I’ve come in and tried to freshen things up a bit with some new ideas. It’s about trying to get the right blend. Everyone wants to find that magic formula.

“What does help is when you’ve got players who want to learn and work hard, like at Lynn.

“The core of the team is still the same as from when I was here before, but you can already see their desire and spirit as a group.

“Hopefully they can continue to progress from last season and if my coaching methods can play a small part in that then I will be happy.”

The Linnets have a few selection issues ahead of tomorrow’s first pre-season friendly at Dereham Town.

Lynn will be without four of their back five with Alex Street and Jordan Yong on holiday, Ryan Fryatt carrying an injury, while Matty Castellan is still in the United States of America.

Striker John Sands is also carrying an achilles tendon injury and won’t be risked.