Fan's Questions: We'll get it right with hard work, but Neil's feet are a lost cause!
What are Neil Howarth's worst habits?
Too many to mention! No, Neil likes a drink or two more than I do, but that's fine in moderation. He can drink more than me, has horrible, bony feet, which I know isn't a habit, but his feet are so ugly in flip flops!
Who'd win in a fight, you or Neil?
He might be bigger than me, but there is only one winner!
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What is your greatest achievement as a player or a manager?
I'd say leading Cheltenham to Wembley for the play-off final a couple of seasons ago. I am a here and now person so I'd pick managerial achievements rather than playing ones. When you build a team it is more satisfying for me.
Each year you've been in charge Cheltenham have improved, how confident are you that this can continue?
It's going to be tough. My fear at the end of last season was expectation levels rising and making sure everyone was focused. We definitely can, despite not starting the way we'd like. There are still 40 games to go and with hard work, belief and sticking together, this group can be as good, if not better than last year.
Does nutrition play a big enough part in lower League football?
I think so yes. We try to promote that here. We look after the players, they have breakfast and lunch provided at the training ground and refuelling after matches and training is so important. We don't want to see players coming in with McDonald's, but they are tested regularly for body fat and fitness and we can't watch them 24 hours a day. We have to trust them and it's a good life, if you want to maximise that, you have to look after yourself.
Do you feel you have the right balance in midfield presently?
I am still searching and the answer has to be no as we are not winning games. That's not just in midfield, it's everywhere and injuries haven't helped us. We are searching for the best team, the best combinations, up top, full-backs and wide players, centre-backs and we are not right at the moment.
If you could start the season again, what would you do differently?
Nothing. For 45 minutes against Burton we were excellent, but we've conceded goals since then at a rate that isn't like us and that won't win you games. We have to be positive and I would like to start the season again, but I am not sure I'd do a lot differently. I'd like Jamie Cureton to have bounced straight back up after scoring rather than injuring his shoulder.
Can you get promotion this season?
Of course we can.
Are you still looking at the loan market?
I have to ask, but there isn't money set aside for loans. The West Ham match helped me bring in David Noble, giving me some breathing space and I appreciated the board allowing me to do that.
I am looking at a loan, but I don't know if we have the money.
If you could shadow any figure in history, who would it be?
Football-wise, Sir Alex Ferguson, who had success over a massive period of time.
My sporting hero was Nick Faldo, who was so methodical and did the right things at the right time.
Which manager do you look up to the most?
Again, I'd say Sir Alex Ferguson, for what he's done and there is nobody better. A lot of others have helped me though, including Graham Allner and Steve Cotterill. You have to be your own man though.
What has been your favourite moment managing Cheltenham?
Building a team that managed to get to Wembley. There is no easy fix, but that season was good and I still think we should have won the game against Crewe in the final.
It was a proud day and my little boy was mascot. Being up there for a couple of years has been really good.
Why don't we get the ball in the box earlier from wide positions?
We will keep working on it. Jermaine McGlashan is a massive threat, but whether he delivers enough good crosses is open to debate.
Was Kaid Mohamed a good crosser of the ball? We have to keep working on Zack Kotwica, Ashley Vincent and Sam Deering when he is out there and it has to be a two-way thing, people need to get on the end of them.
Do you remember your volley against Halifax Town in a 4-2 home win in 2000/01?
Yes, it was my favourite goal and probably the only one I really remember. It was a left-foot volley from a Chris Banks cross on a wet day at Whaddon Road.