DARRELL Pascoe admits his story starts and ends with Port Saints.
The father of three will take the reins as Saints look to rise up the Football Mid North Coast Premier League ladder after a disappointing 2018 campaign.
He has an impressive portfolio that includes leading the Football Mid North Coast high performance squads to three successive titles.
Their under-12, under-13 and under-14 squads’ success means Pascoe will bring a winning mentality to Saints.
When the opportunity came up to take charge of the 2015 Premier League premiers, he jumped at the chance.
“We moved here probably 15 or 16 years ago and had a young family looking for a home,” he said.
“I phoned up all the clubs and couldn’t find a home, then came across Port Saints and they said no matter what happened to come and see them and they’d find a home for us.
“They slotted all three of my boys into a team and we’ve been with them ever since.
“When I heard they were looking around for a coach I saw it as an opportunity to give something back.
“They were so good to us and I never forgot that because it made our move easier and that’s where the passion lies.
“It lies with football but it lies with Saints as well.”
Pascoe wants the 2017 semi-finalists to “play football” although he admitted the team wouldn’t have one specific playing style they would implement.
That would depend on the type of players he had at his disposal.
“Win, lose or draw if we can play a style where everyone gets a chance to contribute and be part of that, it will lead to a happy club and a happy team,” he said.
“But we won’t have any one particular style, that’ll depend on players, but you’ve got to be enjoying it as a unit otherwise you’re shot.”
He knew the club finished only above Wauchope last season, but his focus was on the future and climbing the table.
“I’d like to think we can improve on last year and I think the boys would like to believe we can do that,” he said.
“It might be a rebuilding year for us, but we want to be competitive.
“Every team changes every year and I’ve been coaching long enough to know results are based on a number of things.
“I’m not worried about why it was or why it wasn’t last year.
“I’m worried about what we’re going to do this year and how we’re going to do it.
“The past is in the past, it makes no difference to me.”
Meanwhile, Saints will clash with Alstonville FC in the second round of the FFA Cup on March 6.
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