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Wayne Hatswell: It's business as usual

19 November 2021

County assistant manager Wayne Hatswell wants to carry on his good work, after signing a contract extension at Rodney Parade.

Hatswell has put pen-to-paper on a deal until 2024 something he described as "right to do".

"It was something for me that was right to do. It's business as usual for me," Hatswell said.

'The gaffer (James Rowberry) has come in and probably taken a few ideas off me that we've been able to share.

"We've had some good results, which helps. It keeps things quiet around the building which means we can start to implement new ideas. We've got a long road ahead but we've got a good squad and i want to be a part of the players doing well this year."

Hatswell has been a permanent fixture at the club since 2017 after being a player between 2011 and 2012 as well as having a previous spell as assistant manager from 2013 and 2015. 

He took the reigns for four league games, winning one and drawing three, in the interim spell between Michael Flynn leaving County and Rowberry taking the reigns in South Wales. 

The two get on well off the pitch, and Hatswell says that relationship is only thriving now that they also have a working relationship.

"I know my relationship with James would go well, we share ideas, he knew what he was coming into. He knew how me and the old gaffer worked and that was part of this journey.

"He's been well aware of the successes we've had here and how we've done it. I never, ever doubted that. It was the case of giving him a settling-in period, my opinion on things will be different than his judgements at this time. The key to it is having a couple of wins, we're seven unbeaten, we're keeping that momentum. We've got a tough six days ahead but we're going in with fine fettle."

Hatswell's time as assistant to date has seen two appearances in the League Two play-off final, but unfortunately that has also resulted in two defeats at Wembley. Hats believes this current squad is ready to go one better though as Newport currently occupy the play-off positions again.

"This club should be promoted. We've got a better squad this year to be able to do that and we've got no cup distractions which will help immensely, especially in the winter months and we won't be playing catch-up with games.


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