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Continuity key at ‘shocked’ Guilsfield

Created on 11/10/2010 @ 14:09
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Guilsfield Football Club will not be rushed to find a replacement for Mike Barton who quit on Friday to join Technogroup Welshpool.
Chairman Paul Harding confirmed this morning that several names are in the frame following an emergency meeting on Friday night to discuss possible candidates. But with the coaching staff and players all pledging to stay, a snap decision will not be made unless the right man is available.
“It completely shocked us and as a club we are not happy about it at all but we have to move on,” said Harding. “We had an initial meeting and have spoken to all of the players and staff to tell them what the situation is and we have received a very positive response. As a club we have put the past week behind us.
“The players have all said they are completely shocked too and we don’t expect any of them to leave. Importantly, the coaching team is staying and Bernie Jones will continue to take charge this week, assisted by Chris Williams. There is certainly no need to panic.”
Harding admitted that a short list has been drawn up but the club is also open to candidates wishing to be considered for the post.
He said: “The manager will have the support of a hard working committee which is taking the club forward. The facilities are second-to-none and, with an application in place for floodlights, we will have one of the best set-ups in Welsh football.”
Guilsfield lost 3-2 to a last minute goal on Saturday and face a tough challenge when they travel for a Huws Gray Alliance fixture at high flying Cefn Druids on Wednesday.
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