Driver: Hatters kids have best chance under Still

Hatters U18s boss Paul Driver believes his current crop of youngsters have their best chance of progressing at Kenilworth Road under the stewardship of John Still, writes Mike Simmonds.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 19th December 2013, 9:09 am
Ian Rees during his full Town debut
Ian Rees during his full Town debut

Since taking over at the club, Still has handed debuts to five of the club’s burgeoning U18s side, who recently reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Driver, who joined the club in October 2011, said: “In terms of the manager sticking his neck out in the difficult games, then John Still has given them the best chance.

“Gary Brabin definitely wanted to, while Paul (Buckle) had an interest in them.

“Gary gave them a chance against much lesser opposition, while only Jerome Jibodu got 60 minutes last year.

“John has done it in games against stronger opposition.

“As an overall package, there’s a lot lot more involvement in the first team structure than in the past.

“That’s not that it’s been poor in the past, just exceptionally better with the current manager.”

Driver also felt that the attitude from the senior players towards the youth teamers played a major role too.

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