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Barrow are full of ambition, says Dunn

10 August 2020

Recently appointed Barrow AFC boss, David Dunn, is hoping the Bluebirds can spring a few surprises when the Sky Bet League Two season begins next month.

Dunn took over from Ian Evatt last month following the club's promotion back to the EFL for the first time in 48 years, and is now preparing for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

The former Blackpool assistant coach is relishing the challenge of competing in League Two, and says the whole community is behind him as he looks to implement his own style at the club.

"I think the last time I got an opportunity, at Oldham, it was off the back of a 5-1 defeat, so it was a little bit different," he said, speaking to us on the Official EFL Podcast. "Barrow are going in the right direction and that’s one of the reasons I took the job on; as soon as I came through the door I had a good feeling about the club and the owners and want to repay them with good results.

"You have to put your own stamp on it, but I’m not going to come in and reinvent the wheel. Ian did a tremendous job in getting Barrow promoted, but of course I’m going to have my own ideas and bring my own players in. I want to improve the players that are already here too, so it’s the whole package really.

"As soon as you come through the turnstiles here, you get the feeling that everyone in the area is on board. Barrow is their club and the community really wants it to do well. As soon as fans are allowed to come back into the stadium, I’m sure they’ll make it a brilliant atmosphere."

And while Dunn and Barrow are full of ambition heading into the new season, their manager is under no illusions about the task in hand, but is hoping to cause an upset or two over the course of the campaign.

"I’m sure we’re going to be underdogs in the league but that’s fine, we’ll go quietly about our business and do it in the right way," he added. "We’ll prepare as best we can and make sure we’re ready to go.

"It’s a big challenge. I look around and see things happening; it’s a down-to-earth club that has come from non-league and is looking forward to making small strides to improve.

"I’m ambitious, and I know the club want to do well, but we have to be realistic. Our players don’t have too much league experience but I’m confident they can make that jump up. I think we’ll be competitive, so who knows! Maybe we can surprise a few people."

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