WHAT goes on behind the scenes is just as important as what happens on the pitch and at Chester City we have been busy making sure the infrastructure is right to keep the club going forward.
This week we appointed UEFA Class A coach David Bell as technical co-ordinator to provide a link between the youngest players associated with the club through to the youth set-up.
He is very experienced in this role, having been at Bristol City and Cardiff City as well as the FA and the FA of Wales. I have known David for some time and I believe he can play a vital role with us, assessing our coaching system at all levels and ensuring there is smooth progression through the ranks.
Another innovation has been the provision of statistics from all our matches. We have a statistician in the stands who records everything about the game as far as our players are concerned.
The results are available to the players so they can assess exactly what they did during the game and quite often they are surprised by what the stats reveal.
I believe this is a useful alternative to watching videos which my assistant Mark Aizlewood and I do. The players can become bored with this over 90 minutes, while the stats tell a similar story of who did what and how often.
It is important to keep things fresh and anything which adds variety is comed.
It is too easy to get stale which can be reflected in the play on match days. Knowing that someone is keeping a meticulous record of what goes on in a game can keep players on their toes.
Players sometimes believe they were more influential than, in fact, they were. Stats don't lie, there is no hiding place!
Discipline is important at a football and this week we took action against Cortez Belle following his red card at Northampton last Friday.
I wasn't sure what happened at the time, but having watched a video of the incident I was satisfied we needed to take internal action and we have fined him two weeks wages.
I will not tolerate this kind of incident. He let himself and his team-mates down being sent-off and then having to serve a four-match suspension.
He is a raw talent and we can give him guidance but a lot of his actions are down to him and he must learn quickly if he is to make progress in the game.
Mark Aizlewood was also ordered from the touchline following this incident and he has fined himself, realising he has a duty to set an example.
I was very disturbed by the racial abuse dished out to the England players in Spain last week.
I thought this kind of thing had long at least in our country. It was also worrying that the Spanish media and coach refused to condemn the abuse.
It is up to the supporters to report anyone they see guilty of racial abuse and the authorities must take the propriate action to stamp it out.
I hope FIFA take a serious view of the incident last week and make it known any repeat would have serious sequences, not just for the offenders, but for the host club or country.