FC Halifax Town: New boss Fullarton sets out his vision

Jamie Fullarton
Jamie Fullarton

New FC Halifax Town boss Jamie Fullarton says he wants to produce “effective football in a way that entertains and excites”.

The 43-year-old Scot was appointed yesterday (Tuesday) and will take charge of his first game at Eastleigh on Saturday.

Fullarton, who has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at The Shay, has only managed once before in a 70-day spell at Notts County.

When asked what Town fans can expect from a Jamie Fullarton team, he said: “The basic requirement is application and attitude, while having it laced with a structure and a plan.

“When the players are clear on their roles and responsibilities that gives them a platform.

“People get caught up in formations - 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 7-8-9 - and talk about fast-flowing, free-flowing football.

“The most important thing is effective football in a way that entertains and excites.

“Everybody comes to be entertained but possession football has to be purposeful. There’s has to be a reason for it so it’s effective.

“What is the purpose? To win games. But it’s how you win those games.

“Your principles of playing won’t change, but the interpretation will.

“It depends who you’re playing, where you’re playing, what their game-plan is and how you’re going to counteract that as well as imposing yourselves on them by exploiting their weaknesses and making sure your strengths are used to the best.”

Fullarton has a 40-minute commute to The Shay and lives in a village between Wakefield, Barnsley and Doncaster.

He was in the changing room before the game and at half-time on Tuesday, and liked what he saw.

“The minimum requirement for the Halifax fans and for me is that attitude and application and I felt that was in abundance on Tuesday,” he said.

“Scoring at the time they did have them the belief to go on (and win).

“From the interaction I had with them before the game and at half-time, they showed a real intention to apply what I asked them to.

“That’s a real positive because it means they’re receptive to it, it means they care and they want to be successful.

“It’s about getting all those ingredients harnessed with a structure and organisation to make sure we defend our own box.

“It’s both boxes that count. We need to defend our own box and limit the amount of chances and goals we concede while creating enough to win games.”

Read more from Fullarton in Friday’s Halifax Courier.