BUSY Shots caretaker boss Stuart Cash has begun a brand new project to revolutionise Aldershot Town's infrastructure after admitting the club was failing it's talented youngsters.
Cash has brought in two new scouts and reverted the training night to a Monday, in order to help the club to seek new blood and focus on developing the reserve and youth team set-ups.
Cash, desperate to prove himself as a worthy candidate for the vacant manager's position, believes that the club has failed to reap the benefits of a promising set-up and vows to improve unity within the ranks.
He said: "We have not used the system to our advantage and it's time to do so.
"My belief is that a club starts with a youth team set-up and progresses all the way to a first team.
"There are people behind the scenes like Simon Pullen and Martin Kuhl who work extremely hard in developing these youngsters at reserve and youth team level, and we haven't provided them with that last and most important step up.
"Hampton have recently sold two players for big money and they will reap the benefits, while Yeovil took a gamble by picking up young striker Adam Stansfield locally, nurturing him into the first team, and now he's worth around £90,000!
"If you look back we have never sold anyone for ten or twenty thousand pounds and there will come a time where you just can't afford to fork out that sort of money on a player on a regular basis to strengthen your squad. Progression from the inner ranks is the key.
"By changing our training day to a Monday, it gives me and our two new scouts to attend local matches on a Tuesday and view the talent on show.
"Before we only had our chief scout, Eddie Larkham, and it was impossible for him to work five nights a week checking out opposition and individual players at the same time.
"As long as I am here, whether it be for a couple of weeks, or longer, I will do what I feel is best for this football club.
"I'm thankful for the backing of the chairman and board of directors as we all believe that this is where the club's future lies."
Cash has been hard at work once again this week in a bid to keep the players in confident frame of mind in time for a tough schedule of two games in under 48 hours.
The Ryman League Cup tie at home to Hendon on Thursday night (ko 7.45pm) was looking increasingly likely to beat the weather, as was the tricky trip to Maidenhead this Saturday (ko 3pm).
As the News went to press, Cash was due to name a strong eleven for the Hendon cup tie with out-of-favour trio Lee Holsgrove, John Nutter and Leon Townley all likely to get their chance to impress.
The trip to mid-table Maidenhead is an experience Cash has encountered before this season. He took the game as cover for injured manager George Borg in the FA Cup second qualifying round, leading his troops to a 1-1 draw.
His last trip to York Road in the league, however, proved disastrous, with he and Borg watching in horror as the home side ran away with a 3-0 victory.
The good news for Cash this week is that a couple of players have recovered from niggly injuries sustained during Saturday's 4-0 defeat of Bedford (Bedford hit back to beat fourth-placed Grays 4-0 on Tuesday night) and should be fit to play.
The main concern was Owen Coll, who limped off on Saturday with a calf injury. He trained at the club's new astroturf facility in Slough on Monday night and after extensive treatment with physio Alan McCreeney, will be fit to play.
Lee Protheroe should also make it despite tweaking a groin, while injury-hit Paul Harford thankfully come through unscathed.
Mark Bentley trained once again on Monday and will play 90 minutes for the reserve team on Saturday to aid his return, possibly even in time for the mammoth trip to leaders Gravesend & Northfleet on Tuesday.
Cash concluded: "It's good to have these players back, it gives me a nice problem. We were all delighted with the way things went on Saturday and want to continue in the same vein.
"Maidenhead is a tricky place to go but I've told the lads there's no excuses for us anymore.
"We will continue to get the ball down, pass it through the midfield and use the pace and agility of our forwards to create space.
"If we need to revert to a more direct style, we have the players to do that as well. It seems to be working for us at the moment."