Charlie Blakemore has never been short of a word or three when it comes to chatting about football in general and Chasetown in particular.
But it has been the utterances from the mouths of their rivals that has done the talking for the Scholars manager in inspiring their title challenge.
When Chasetown became the nation's FA Cup darlings in more than matching Oldham Athletic in November, their league rivals were quick to suggest the Cup would be deathknell of their title chances.
But having hit the jackpot with their BBC live broadcast against the Latics, they are stalking long-time table-toppers Malvern Town. Despite entering the New Year trailing Malvern by 19 points, they have chalked up a run of ten wins from 11 matches and though the Worcestershire side still lead by four points, Chasetown have three games in hand.
"Because of the fixture back-log, people were saying we had no chance and I remember Neil Hunt, the Malvern manager, saying we couldn't win the league," said Blakemore. "But the fact that we were written off has only motivated the team. We remember the comments and it helps spur you on.
"The run after the FA Cup has surprised me, but then I look at the players in the squad and I know they are quality, as footballers and as characters."
The Scholars boss had been linked with the AFC Telford United vacancy but stressed he wants to finish the job he started three years ago, and that means guiding Chasetown, last season's runners-up, to their first title since winning the West Midlands League Division One crown in 1978.
Not that Blakemore is taking anything for granted. The Scholars were in the gold-medal winning position through mid-winter last term, only for Rushall Olympic to pip them, but Blake-more reckons this season's championship climax could be even more dramatic.
"Any one of the top six can win it," he said. "With the run we have had after the FA Cup we have put ourselves in with a shout. It's probably tighter than last season."
Chasetown aim to be fully prepared for the run after snapping up defender Gavin Stone and midfielder Ronnie Sayer and both will make their debuts in tomorrow's home game with Quorn.
Stone had been at Hinckley United last season before injury put his career on hold, while Sayer has switched after a short stay at Rushall.
The double deal follows the capture of left-sided Mark Branch from Hednesford and Blakemore.
"We have a lot of games still to play. As well as the league, we are in two cup semi-finals," said Blakemore. "I suppose that's the price for success but I wouldn't swop it for the world." ..SUPL: