An air of optimism
New SYCOB manager is combining experience with youthful will to succeed
IT IS déjà vu at Holloway Park as Beaconsfield SYCOB begin a second successive campaign with a totally new squad and management team.
This time the new man in the hot seat is Andy Hurley, a former assistant manager at Holmer Green and coach at FAB Academy, in Bisham Abbey.
His situation is not quite as dire as 12 months ago, when manager Gary Meakin had only five players on his books, just eight days before kick-off.
A seesaw season ended with the Rams in a respectable eighth place, but when Meakin did not get the assurances he wanted about the club’s future, he left, and a large percentage of the team followed him to Burnham.
In contrast, Hurley is supplementing an ambitious group of academy graduates with some experienced signings.
“Some people have said this could be a bit of a poisoned chalice, but we have been involved in detailed discussions and we believe this arrangement will be mutually beneficial for both the club and the academy,” said Hurley. “It will be in our interests to get involved in working hard, both on and off the field, to help everyone achieve the success we need.”
Naz Bashir, former manager of Hayes and Yeading, who owns the academy, is the director of football, and Lee Togwell has been appointed as player coach.
Hurley added: “The lads from the academy have been training five days a week, and are motivated to succeed. Some will be looking to catch the eye of bigger clubs and others just want to play at the best level they can.”
The new team’s first outing was a 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest’s U20s. They take on a Barnet XI on August 5, four days before they entertain Bedford Town in the opening Southern League Division One Central fixture.
Chairman Fred Deanus has retired. His duties are being carried out by vicechairman Paul Hughes and tonight (Thursday) Kelvin Back, one of three remaining directors, is meeting club officials to discuss the way forward.
Chalfont St Peter start their league season at home to Bedworth United.