New Kingstonian boss Tommy Williams wants to silence the boo boys at Kingsmeadow by getting the players to bond with fans in the bar.
Ks narrowly missed out on Ryman Premier League promotion in a fine campaign last term, but Williams’ predecessor Alan Dowson was not short of his terrace critics.
Williams has called on everyone who has the club’s best interests at heart to unite behind the team this term.
And he thinks part of that process is getting the players to share more time with the people that pay their wages.
“In non-League football you want to see players sharing a pint with supporters,” he said last week.
“It brings everyone together and everyone feels part of what we are trying to achieve.
“We need everyone pulling in the same direction, from the players, to the people on the turnstiles and the tea lady.
“We all want to achieve the same results and everyone needs to get behind us.
“I want to get the players involved with the supporters after the game because that builds togetherness.”
Williams has retained the majority of last season’s squad with the exception of Margate-bound Ryan Moss.
And the former Carshalton Athletic boss, who won the Ryman Division One South as a player with Ks, believes that is going to be key to his chances of success this term.
“It was very important to keep that team spirit from last term,” added Williams, right.
“Togetherness gets you through the season.
“It is what gets you points on a cold Tuesday night in the middle of winter.
“I’m delighted the boys are onboard with the things we are trying to introduce to training and keeping the squad was an important part of that.”
Williams kept Carshalton in the Ryman Premier League two seasons ago – with the help of a relegation reprieve from league officials – and played a small part in the Corinthian Casuals successful battle against Ryman Division One South relegation as a player last season.
But it was his brief stint as boss at Colston Avenue that proved a real eye opener for the new Ks chief.
“It was a massive learning curve at Carshalton,” he said.
“I had a lot to deal with – a lot more than any normal manager would have to deal with.
“I learnt a huge amount and I think that will stand me in good stead.
He added: “Getting back playing for Corinthian Casuals got me back in the swing of it. It got me looking at other players, helped me build more contacts.
“It is a great club to play for, but I cannot wait for the season to start now, so I can get my teeth into it.”