An air of op­ti­mism

New SYCOB man­ager is com­bin­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with youth­ful will to suc­ceed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by John Whit­bread tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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