Relegated Massey spies the secret to an immediate return to the Ryman Premier League

Plans: Stuart Massey wants a physical approach next season

Plans: Stuart Massey wants a physical approach next season

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Stuart Massey already has a plan to return Carshalton Athletic to the Ryman Premier League.

When the manager took over the reins in January, he faced a monumental task to keep the Robins up.

And despite changes to personnel, his record of 13 defeats in 16 games – culminating in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Enfield Town – finally saw the Robins relegated to Division One South.

Relegation has brought introspection, and Massey reckons he knows what needs to be done to ensure an immediate return.

“I’ve never been relegated before and it is not nice, but we’ve all learned something about ourselves with relegation,” he said.

“When I came here there was the reality at the back of my mind that this was an ultimately difficult job, but I have never gone into any game wanting to lose.”

Massey added: “I have been surprised by the physicality of this league, and that is where we have been lacking.

“I have changed players and maybe I should have concentrated on bringing big strong lads in.

“But that is all we need, we have everything else, so over the summer we’ll be recruiting the necessary players to make sure we’re up there come this stage next season.”

With relegation decided, Robins and Grays Athletic played out a 1-1 draw at Colston Avenue on Tuesday night.

Massey said: “We need to finish the season right, and I could not ask for more from the players in terms of their commitment to the cause.

“Relegation may be a relief to them, they may be able to play with a bit more freedom now, but it doesn’t stop the need to strengthen up.

“Grays were very physical, we need to match that.

“The lads will need to get in the gym over the summer, that’s what I did as a professional footballer because I did not want to lose out in the physical battle.”

Robins go to Met Police this weekend.

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