Billy Miller preparing strategic plan to win backing of Tadcaster Albion owners

Tadcaster Albion's squad were disconsolate as they applauded fans after Saturday's defeat to Mossley (Photo: Matthew Appleby)
Tadcaster Albion's squad were disconsolate as they applauded fans after Saturday's defeat to Mossley (Photo: Matthew Appleby)

Defiant Tadcaster Albion boss Billy Miller believes his side will improve for their underwhelming first season in the Evo-Stik Leagues and is preparing a strategic review ahead of talks with the club’s owners.

Albion finished fourth bottom in the First Division North after a winless run of eight matches at the end of the season.

Mossley leapfrogged Miller’s men after claiming a 3-2 defeat on the final day of the campaign on Saturday, leaving Tad just eight points above relegated Goole AFC.

Reflecting on the season, Miller was content with the Brewers’ points haul of 44 – pointing to the long-term injuries of Michael Ingham, Jason Mycoe and Gregg Anderson.

“In terms of injuries, I’ve never had a season like it. It’s been madness,” Miller said.

“That aside, the job was always to get established in this league. We obviously got off to a great start and then we lost Ingy, that was a huge loss.

Tom Corner scored 17 goals for Tadcaster during the 2016/17 season (Photo: Matthew Appleby)

Tom Corner scored 17 goals for Tadcaster during the 2016/17 season (Photo: Matthew Appleby)

“Since Christmas we have played well but we just haven’t been good enough across the course of the season.

“The league didn’t come alive until the end of September and then it burst into life.

“We have to take heart from some of the performances against the top teams. It’s a difficult league and people have accepted that.

“To go close to 50 points, I would have taken that at the start of the season.”

The Tad boss will meet with chairman Matt Gore and the club’s directors in the next two weeks to discuss his and the team’s future.

Miller explained that time was required for the club to lick wounds and start the healing process for next season.

Asked what changes need to be made, the boss said: “I don’t think too many.

“The squad we have has not been a bad one but they certainly need some experienced players around them from in and around this league.

“The priority now is to let people gather their thoughts, reflect back and look at where we have come from to where we are now.

“We will sit down with the owners and put a strategic plan together to give us a bit more direction to make sure we’re all on the same page.”

On receiving the backing of the owners, Miller added: “They haven’t said anything otherwise.

“It’s not a case of sitting down now. We sit down across the season and meet very regularly.

“We have had some open and frank discussions on what we need to do. I can’t imagine any reason why not.”